Flibanserin (Addyi) is the first medication approved by the FDA to treat low libido (sex drive) or hypoactive sexual desire in premenopausal woman. Although dubbed the “female Viagra” low libido is hard to treat. Many things cause low libido including stress, relationship issues, how one views their partner or themselves. Medical/mental health issues and medications can also affect libido.
When other reasons for low libido have been excluded flibanserin can be considered. Flibanserin, first approved in 2015, has been shown to improve sex drive in 50% of women with an increase of 2.5 to 4 sexual encounters per month. Twenty five percent of woman saw an increase of 6 sexual encounters per month .
Downsides and risks:
MULTIPLE DRUG INTERACTIONS: many medications, including, but not limited to, some antibiotics, antifungals (yeast treatments), heart medications can also cause low blood pressure and fainting with flibanserin use.
Must be used daily and long term
Most common side effects are sleepiness and dizziness
Can lower blood pressure
Must see a flibanserin certified gynecologist or other provider for prescription
Interested in trying?
You can see me, Dr Beth Roland, as I am a certified prescriber since 2016
Ask your pharmacist about drug interactions.
Taking at night may decrease side effects
Although approved for premenopausal women, postmenopausal women may benefit too (off label use).
If no response by 8 weeks discontinue use.