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« on: August 22, 2015, 08:59:43 PM »

http://edition.cnn.com/2015/08/18/health/female-viagra-fda-approval/index.html

"(CNN)Women who have lost their sex drive will have a little pink pill to help them come October. On Tuesday, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved flibanserin, which will be sold as Addyi, for the treatment of sexual dysfunction in premenopausal women.

This is the first FDA approved treatment for sexual desire in men or women.

"Today's approval provides women distressed by their low sexual desire with an approved treatment option," Dr. Janet Woodcock, director of the FDA's Center for Drug Evaluation and Research said in a statement announcing the approval. "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."

The approval is not without warnings. In fact, the agency approved the drug with a risk evaluation and mitigation strategy, or REMS, to ensure safety. Of greatest concern, an increased risk of severe low blood pressure, so low it can cause a temporary loss of consciousness. This is more of a concern in patients who drink alcohol while taking the drug. As required by REMS, health care providers who prescribe the medication and pharmacies that dispense it are required to first complete a training program to become certified. They will be required to warn patients of the risks of consuming alcohol while taking Addyi and the importance of not doing so.

In addition, the agency is requiring a "boxed warning" to notify patients who drink alcohol, have liver problems or those who take medications called CYP3A4 inhibitors (which interfere with the breakdown of the medication in the body) not to take Addyi.

A 2002 study found that up to one-third of adult women might experience hypoactive sexual desire disorder, a technical term for when women lack sexual desire or fantasy.


Some experts say that for women, the cure for low libido is more likely to be found in their brains than in a bottle.

"Women's sexuality is very complicated. It's not a matter of just taking that pill, by the way, and then all of a sudden the lights go on," said Judy Kuriansky, a clinical psychologist and certified sex therapist. "You have to feel good about your body. You have to feel good about yourself. You have to feel the guy really loves you. ... It's complex. It's not the same as a man taking a pill."

Addyi is frequently referred to as "female Viagra" because it's a pill for sexual dysfunction in women. However, experts say it's a misnomer to describe it as such because it works in a distinctly different way to target the brain.

Viagra treats erectile dysfunction, a physical problem, and does not induce sexual desire. Addyi works on the central nervous system, which is why it's in the same category as an antidepressant.

Another difference is that men take Viagra as needed before a sexual encounter, and women take Addyi once every night. Taking it at night will reduce the likelihood of adverse reactions from low blood pressure and sleepiness or depression from a depressed central nervous system.

Other common side effects include dizziness, nausea, fatigue, insomnia and dry mouth.

In clinical trials, women taking the drug experienced a 37% increase in sexual desire, according to Sprout Pharmaceuticals, which makes the drug.

"It doesn't treat all sexual dysfunction, it won't help all women with sexual problems, but it will have a role in the therapy. Just like with any medication -- adult women in conjunction with their physician can make an informed decision about whether this is an appropriate therapy for them," said Dr. Holly Thacker, an obstetrician gynecologist at The Cleveland Clinic.

There's no doubt that sex drugs for men have been a boon for the pharmaceutical industry. The FDA approved Viagra in 1998. Last year, the drug earned more than $1.6 billion for Pfizer. But drug companies have struggled to come up with the right formula for women.

Addyi will cost about the same per month as a one month supply of Viagra for men, Sprout said on Tuesday.

In June, an advisory committee recommended the drug for approval after two previous failed attempts to do so that cited concerns about side effects.

"It has been a remarkable journey to get to this breakthrough moment. Today we celebrate what this approval means for all women who have long awaited a medical treatment option for this life impacting condition," Cindy Whitehead, chief executive officer of Sprout, said in a company statement after the approval was announced."
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« Reply #1 on: August 23, 2015, 10:14:48 PM »

http://edition.cnn.com/2015/08/18/health/female-viagra-fda-approval/index.html


A 2002 study found that up to one-third of adult women might experience hypoactive sexual desire disorder, a technical term for when women lack sexual desire or fantasy.

Some experts say that for women, the cure for low libido is more likely to be found in their brains than in a bottle.

"Women's sexuality is very complicated. It's not a matter of just taking that pill, by the way, and then all of a sudden the lights go on," said Judy Kuriansky, a clinical psychologist and certified sex therapist. "You have to feel good about your body. You have to feel good about yourself. You have to feel the guy really loves you. ... It's complex. It's not the same as a man taking a pill."


Thank you, Adam for taking the time to post and share this article.
Do you agree with Ms. Kurianskys observation? Womens sexuality is very complicated.

Why do these doctors put a label on women who arent interested in sex?  Did their SO tell them they had a problem for not wanting to get it on? What about by speaking so, their SO has broken their self-esteem for women to even think they have a problem to go to the doctor for?

What about the simplicity of  I no longer want to feel as if I have to take it when it is offered or I might not see the offer again for a while. Or, Im tired of working very hard to get my head up to speed due to his foreplay being non-existent.

The side effects are too scary for me. Why isn't okay for women to say, "I'm not interested. Seduce me?"

I dont know about feel the guy really loves you. part. If this was so, then those of us who engage in professional company are really looking for someone to love us? Ladies?

I know Im not.  
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« Reply #2 on: August 24, 2015, 07:42:37 AM »

Perhaps we are a small minority, but I think many of us here might respond with. "Lack of desire? What does that feel like?"

I am of an age where many of my friends actually are losing interest in sex, while I feel like I'm coming into my prime. Most of them have been married for many years. Their husbands just don't care anymore and don't put forth much effort. These women would probably want sex very much if they saw a companion. They have stated that they are jealous of me.

I saw the story of the little pink pill on NBC News. They interviewed a different class of women, and the pill might actually be helpful for them. They were young married women who simply didn't feel desire. I imagine young single women who don't, just don't have sex.

I agree that sex is complicated for women, but not that we need to be feel loved.

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« Reply #3 on: August 24, 2015, 07:20:30 PM »

I find it interesting that these fall under the same class as anti-depressants, when anti-depressants are notorious for decreasing sex drive. (yes, I understand there's more to the chemistry and not everyone experiences that side effect, etc.)

Also, I'm sure this will be helpful for some women but I wonder how many women are going to take it because they are told they are abnormal, rather than actually having a problem. For example, "you don't want sex as often as I do, so there must be something wrong with you." Or, "you aren't turned on by my efforts, so there must be something wrong with you." Or even, "what do you mean that turns you on? Let's go back to what I like, you weirdo." It is my hope that the doctor's prescribing this medication will be alert for these underlying issues and are trained to have these conversations with their patients. (I know, I know....good luck with that, Tea).

Are being loved and feeling loved synonymous?  Yes, women's sexuality can be complicated, but I don't think one has to feel loved for anything to happen.  If a Lady is looking for someone to love her, I think it's a bit unhealthy to be looking for that with a paid companion.
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« Reply #4 on: August 24, 2015, 07:55:40 PM »

Nothing to add, but Tealight, "let's go back to what I like, you weirdo", cracks me up.  /ROTFL

I agree with the ladies, not looking for love (will take lust, friendship, fondness, sparkling wit, well-read, a man-bun (it's optional), an adventurous spirit and being genuine).  I too hope women don't let themselves be coerced into taking this, when the root cause of their problem may be elsewhere.
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« Reply #5 on: August 27, 2015, 09:29:50 PM »

http://edition.cnn.com/2015/08/18/health/female-viagra-fda-approval/index.html


A 2002 study found that up to one-third of adult women might experience hypoactive sexual desire disorder, a technical term for when women lack sexual desire or fantasy.

Some experts say that for women, the cure for low libido is more likely to be found in their brains than in a bottle.

"Women's sexuality is very complicated. It's not a matter of just taking that pill, by the way, and then all of a sudden the lights go on," said Judy Kuriansky, a clinical psychologist and certified sex therapist. "You have to feel good about your body. You have to feel good about yourself. You have to feel the guy really loves you. ... It's complex. It's not the same as a man taking a pill."


Thank you, Adam for taking the time to post and share this article.
Do you agree with Ms. Kurianskys observation? Womens sexuality is very complicated. ....

....Why do these doctors put a label on women who arent interested in sex?  Did their SO tell them they had a problem for not wanting to get it on? What about by speaking so, their SO has broken their self-esteem for women to even think they have a problem to go to the doctor for?...

I dont know about feel the guy really loves you. part.   


Is it more complicated than men's? Sure, if we are making generalizations.

Is it very complicated? No.

I also disagree with the "have to feel loved" statement, but that particular quote was probably used because it suited the narrative the author was going for. It seems like a lot of journalists are becoming preoccupied with "creating" a story, rather than "reporting" one.

On a certain level, I understand the effort this company made to address what they viewed as an under-served demographic in sexual health. The FDA has approved 20+ drugs for sexual dysfunction, all have been for men, none for women. Interesting perspective on this imbalance here:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/24-drugs-exist-to-treat-sexual-dysfunction-guess-how-many-of-those-are-for-women/2014/10/27/32a68b30-5dfa-11e4-91f7-5d89b5e8c251_story.html

On the other hand, I think that this type of medication is emblematic of "pop-a-pill" culture, where the solution to any issue is to take a quick-fix pill that masks the symptoms, rather than addressing the root cause. Then that pill has a side effect, so you take another pill for that, which causes something else, which is treated by another pill....ad infinitum.

I'm not saying there aren't legitimate medical reasons for low libido issues, hormonal imbalances come to mind, but like you ladies have already mentioned I hope that other factors will be examined before prescribing this. The things you have brought up, like inattentive or unengaged partners, as well as stress, diet, lifestyle, lack of man-bun, are all things that can't be solved with a pill. This seems to have a fairly high risk-to-reward ratio when the side effects are considered.
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