‘Female Viagra’ pill that boosts libido of women approved in the US

ALEX HEINKE reports.

US drug regulators have approved the first “female Viagra”, a drug known as Addyi that works on neurotransmitters in the brain to boost the libido of women with a sexual dysfunction that causes them to lose interest in sex.

Made by North Carolina-based pharmaceuticals company, Addyi received the nod from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), on the condition extra care was taken to ensure women did not take it with alcohol due to the risk of serious side effects.


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The FDA approved the drug specifically for a condition known as “acquired, generalised hypoactive sexual desire disorder (HSDD)”, or sudden and severe loss of libido.

The disorder can develop in women who previously were sexually active, causing distress and relationship problems.

There is a major emphasis on using the drug correctly and not consumed with alcohol due to the serious side effects reported.

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