Female Viagra Might Turn Women On But It Has Some Pretty Grim Side Effects

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 Female Viagra Might Turn Women On But It Has Some Pretty Grim Side Effects

A female equivalent to Viagra has just been approved in the US.

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Addyi will launch in October, and will be the first prescription drug designed to boost sexual desire in women. It follows Viagra’s huge global success, having generated billions since the late ’90s.

Women’s rights groups have been lobbying for a drug to combat female sexual dysfunction since last year. At the conclusion of a debate about the drug in June, a panel of FDA advisors voted 18 to six to recommend approving the drug, with safety restrictions.

Unfortunately, there are quite a few health concerns around it.

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It comes with several risky side effects, the most worrying being dangerously low blood pressure and the risk of fainting, especially if combined with alcohol, or other common medications like antifungals to treat yeast infections.

Other side effects include nausea, drowsiness and dizziness.

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Director of the FDA’s drug centre, Dr Janet Woodcock, said in a statement:

Patients and prescribers should fully understand the risks associated with the use of Addyi before considering treatment

Opponents have pointed out the drug was rejected twice by the FDA because of the risks, in 2010 and again in 2013.

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Leonore Tiefer, a psychologist and sex therapist who opposes the drug, said:

This is not a drug you take an hour before you have sex. You have to take it for weeks and months in order to see any benefit at all

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Sounds like risky business to us.


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New York Times

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