Are You Willing To Give Up Alcohol For More Sex?

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:

YOU CAN NOT DRINK ALCOHOL WHILE USING  FLIBANSERIN: alcohol use may cause dangerously low blood pressure and fainting

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.

 

 

 

 

 

About Beth Roland

Dr. Roland is a board certified Ob/Gyn doctor practicing medicine for more than 20 years. She completed her internship and residency at Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York City and received awards for being the best minimally invasive surgical resident.

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