New Study Shows ‘Female Viagra’ Is Safe to Take with Alcohol – Healthline

New Study Shows ‘Female Viagra’ Is Safe to Take with Alcohol – Healthline

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Share on PinterestAccording to current FDA rules, women using Addyi not only have to be counseled to abstain from all booze, but sign an agreement form promising to do so. Getty ImagesIn 2015, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved Addyi (flibanserin), a prescription medicine heralded as a long overdue “female Viagra.” It also slapped a black box warning on the package to call attention to side effects of the drug considered serious or life-threatening.Today, Addyi’s manufacturer, Sprout Pharmaceuticals, announced results of its new research which it hopes may alter that scary-sounding warning.“The additional insights provided by these three new studies are invaluable for a more comprehensive understanding of Addyi for safe use, ” said Cindy Eckert, founder and CEO of Sprout Pharmaceuticals, in a press release. “This additional data contextualizes and further clarifies the relationship between Addyi and alcohol.”Yet, some experts aren’t so sure.
Addyi is the first and only FDA-approved treatment of Hypoactive Sexual Desire Disorder (HSDD) in premenopausal women. The condition is just what it sounds like: basement-level libido to the point of personal distress. The American Sexual Health Association reports that 1 in 10 women have HSDD.By tweaking brain chemistry, Addyi purports to help HSDD. ....


It lowers serotonin, which can impede sexual desire, while helping to fire up other neurotransmitters, like norepinephrine, which are believed to boost interest in sex.The FDA rejected Addyi twice, citing both small effects and major safety concerns like low blood pressure that can lead to a sudden and prolonged loss of consciousness. These risks increase when Addyi is taken with certain other drugs or alcohol.Finally allowing that HSDD is an “unmet medical need, ” the FDA approved Addyi on its third review, with a few caveats.
Aside from the black box warning, only certified doctors and pharmacies who’ve completed special training can prescribe or dispense the drug. Patients not only have to be counseled to abstain from all booze, but sign an agreement form promising to do so. Their doctor has to sign, too.At that time, the FDA also noted that Addyi’s interaction with alcohol hadn’t been adequately studied. .

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