FDA approves first treatment for sexual desire disorder

Aug 25, 2015

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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today approved Addyi (flibanserin) to treat acquired, generalized hypoactive sexual desire disorder (HSDD) in premenopausal women. Prior to Addyi’s approval, there were no FDA-approved treatments for sexual desire disorders in men or women.

“Today’s approval provides women distressed by their low sexual desire with an approved treatment option,” said Janet Woodcock, M.D., director of the FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (CDER). “The FDA strives to protect and advance the health of women, and we are committed to supporting the development of safe and effective treatments for female sexual dysfunction.”

HSDD is characterized by low sexual desire that causes marked distress or interpersonal difficulty and is not due to a co-existing medical or psychiatric condition, problems within the relationship, or the effects of a medication or other drug substance. HSDD is acquired when it develops in a patient who previously had no problems with sexual desire. HSDD is generalized when it occurs regardless of the type of sexual activity, the situation or the sexual partner.

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13 comments on “FDA approves first treatment for sexual desire disorder

  • ” reported sexual desire over the preceding four weeks (scored on a range of 1.2 to 6.0) and reported distress related to low sexual desire (on a range of 0 to 4). On average, treatment with Addyi increased the number of satisfying sexual events by 0.5 to one additional event per month over placebo increased the sexual desire score by 0.3 to 0.4 over placebo, and decreased the distress score related to sexual desire by 0.3 to 0.4 over placebo ”

    I am underwhelmed!

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  • most common adverse reactions:

    dizziness, sleepiness, nausea, fatigue, dry mouth

    Errr, doesn’t this kind of defeat the purpose?

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  • dizziness, sleepiness, nausea, fatigue, dry mouth

    Sounds like going to bed drunk….

    Help me here ladies. Is this big pharma trying to sell a substances of marginal value and little efficacy. Creating a medical condition where none exists. A bit like cosmetic surgeons creating a demand for labioplasty.

    Like all human behaviours,there is a spectrum of sexual desire from dull and numb to screaming from the roof tops and this varies from hour to hour. Isn’t an attentive and romantic partner a greater arousal than a pill.

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  • Isn’t an attentive and romantic partner a greater arousal than a pill.

    I go for the lost sheep look. Works more often than not!!

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  • I’ve learned through medically reliable sources commenting in the media, that Addyi increases serotonin and dopamine uptake in the brain, something like an anti-depressant. More precisely the drug is a sedative and can cause drowsiness and even blackouts. The drug must be taken near bedtime to prevent behavioral risks from hypotension, low blood pressure, and serious interactions with other medications; e.g, fainting or disorientation while driving etc. (not to mention triggering more chronic health issues). Because the drug must be taken daily and requires several weeks to have a tentative affect, the patient must never again ingest alcohol. Simply put, the woman who enjoys her evening glass of wine or even a champagne toast at a wedding must become a teetotaler. There is a cruel irony for a woman who has found in bygone days of wine and roses, that wine was the potion that enhanced her amorous passions.

    I suspect that the marginal – very marginal- “improvements” in monthly libido reported by women in the trials has nothing to do with sexual desire or satisfaction. The drug probably sedates -or in the advice of the horndog teenage-boy-on-a date “relaxes” her enough to endure his slobbering, ravishing predations with less distress.

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  • Differences in sex drive between two people who are in a relationship cause no end of misery as the years tick away. Dan Savage is an advice columnist who deals with the issue on a regular basis. He maintains that people in committed relationships owe it to each other to be GGG which means:

    From Wikipedia

    Dan Savage coined the abbreviation “GGG.”[24][25] It stands for Good, Giving, and Game, and it means one should strive to be Good in bed, Giving “equal time and equal pleasure” to one’s partner, and Game “for anything—within reason.”[25][26] The term has inspired a cocktail and the “How GGG Are You? Test” on the popular Internet dating site OKCupid.[24]

    I wonder what Dan Savage has to say about a pill that claims to bridge the libido divide along with it’s unattractive side effects.

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  • horny sleepwalking zombie

    This year’s must have Hallowe’en costume, “Little Pink Pill‘; opinions / satire continue to be on trend.

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    moveebuff says:

    Men….listen…It’s not that we women don’t like sex ….we just don’t want to have it with a guy who only thinks of pleasing himself & is finished when he’s finished. Also give me a guy who is fit & younger (just like you men like it) and watch how fast we get our mojo back.

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