We’ve all heard of Viagra, but did you know there was a libido pill for women? Addyi is a once daily medication for pre-menopausal women with hypoactive sexual desire disorder (HSDD). In this disorder, women experience a lack of desire for sexual activity, causing distress or interpersonal difficulties. While counseling used to be the only treatment for HSDD, the FDA approved Addyi in 2015, giving women another option to treat their lack of libido. The medication is thought to help improve the balance between serotonin and dopamine activity in the brain, which would the help regulate sexual response.
It was previously stated that drinking alcohol while taking Addyi could result in very low blood pressure, but now, users of the medication can drink alcohol up until 2 hours before taking Addyi at bedtime, or to skip the dose that evening if drinking. Studies that were conducted after the drug was approved showed that low blood pressure or fainting did not occur in women who took the medication and drank alcohol. However, the FDA still does not approve of drinking with the medication.
If you are interested in trying Addyi, please schedule an appointment with the El Camino Women’s Group.
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