FDA approves first pill aimed at boosting female libido

The little pink pill is a prescription that treats lack of sexual desire, exclusively for women, called Addyi.

The little pink pill is a prescription that treats lack of sexual desire, exclusively for women, called Addyi. (8/19/15)

WOODBURY - A controversial drug used to treat women who have lost their sex drive has just been approved by the Federal Drug Administration.

The little pink pill called Addyi is a prescription that treats lack of sexual desire for women.

Experts say the pill is actually not the female Viagra because that pill treats a physical problem.

The pill treats a woman's brain, targeting the central nervous system, similar to an anti-depressant. It increases dopamine, while lowering serotonin and gives women the urge back.

Studies show between 5 and 9 million women suffer from hypoactive sexual desire disorder.

The FDA has twice refused to approve the new pill, citing side effects.

A warning on the label will still point out dangers such as severely low blood pressure.

The maker of the drug is Sprout Pharmaceuticals.

Addyi should be available by mid-October.

 

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