Addyi

(flibanserin)

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Increases sex drive for women.

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Addyi (flibanserin) treats premenopausal women that have low sex drive, but you can't drink any alcohol when you take it.

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Quick facts about Addyi
  • Drug class: Women's health
  • Rx status: Prescription only
  • Generic status: No lower cost generic available

Upsides

  • There aren't many side effects with Addyi (flibanserin) and they only last a few hours if you do have them.
  • You only take 1 pill a day.
  • Addyi (flibanserin) did not show any weight gain in the medicine's studies.
  • This is the only medicine available that treats low sex drive so effectively.
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Downsides

  • You can't drink any alcohol at all while taking Addyi (flibanserin).
  • There is no generic available, so it is expensive.
  • Addyi (flibanserin) can take at least 4 weeks to start working.
  • Addyi (flibanserin) can only be written by certain doctors and filled by certain pharmacies. You also need to sign a contract at your doctor's office promising not to drink alcohol and saying the doctor has told you about the serious side effects that can happen when you take Addyi (flibanserin).
  • Addyi (flibanserin) must be taken at bedtime because it can cause very low blood pressure and dizziness. Having sex at night after you take it makes you more likely to feel dizzy and pass out.
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How it works

Addyi (flibanserin) affects certain serotonin receptors in the body. It is not known exactly how Addyi (flibanserin) increases sex drive.

Quick facts about Addyi
  • Drug class: Women's health
  • Rx status: Prescription only
  • Generic status: No lower cost generic available

Used for

  • Decreased sexual desire in premenopausal women

Dosage forms

  • Pill
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What to expect when you take Addyi (flibanserin) for Low sex drive

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  • Possible side effects
  • Dizziness
  • Sleepiness
  • Nausea
  • Fatigue
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Dry mouth
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Side effect rates for Addyi (flibanserin)

From 3099 clinical trials of Addyi when taken for low sex drive (100mg/day)
  • Dizziness
    11%11%
    2%2%
  • Sleepiness
    11%11%
    3%3%
  • Nausea
    10%10%
    4%4%
  • Fatigue
    9%9%
    6%6%
  • Trouble sleeping
    5%5%
    3%3%
  • Dry mouth
    2%2%
    1%1%
  • Anxiety
    2%2%
    1%1%
  • Constipation
    2%2%
    1%1%
  • Abdominal pain
    2%2%
    1%1%
  • Irregular menstrual bleeding
    2%2%
    1%1%
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Risks and Warnings for Addyi (flibanserin)

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    • Higher risk if:
    • Drinking alcohol

    Drinking any amount of alcohol while taking Addyi (flibanserin) can cause your blood pressure to lower to a dangerous level. It can cause you to pass out. You can't drink any alcohol at all while taking Addyi (flibanserin).

    This is a black box warning. The FDA requires this warning when there is a significant risk of serious or life-threatening effects that anyone taking the drug should consider.

Means that some groups have a high risk of experiencing this side effect

Common concerns from people taking Addyi (flibanserin)

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Alcohol
  • Drinking any amount of alcohol while taking Addyi (flibanserin) can cause your blood pressure to lower to a dangerous level. It can cause you to pass out. You can't drink any alcohol at all while taking Addyi (flibanserin).
  • Don't drink alcohol at any time when taking Addyi (flibanserin).
  • You can't drink any alcohol at all while taking Addyi (flibanserin).
Food
  • Taking certain medicines, herbal remedies, or food products can cause your blood pressure to drop to dangerous levels while taking Addyi (flibanserin). This can cause you to pass out. Common items include grapefruit juice, codeine, and some contraceptives. Your doctor might have to change your medicines if you want to take Addyi (flibanserin). Please talk with your local pharmacist for a complete list of medications, supplements, and foods to avoid.
Weight
  • Addyi (flibanserin) did not show any weight gain in the medicine's studies.