The FDA Just Approved The First "Female Viagra" Drug

After years under review, the first prescription drug to enhance women’s sex drive was approved by the FDA yesterday.

Addyi works by stimulating the brain transmitters that control sexual excitement.

Testimonies from clinical trials claim that the pill helped increase sex drive and ease symptoms of hypoactive sexual desire disorder. HSDD is defined by a constant lack of sexual thoughts and unwillingness to engage in sexual activity in pre- and postmenopausal women.

Given that libido-enhancing drugs have long been available for men, many are celebrating this female equivalent.

“This is the biggest breakthrough for women’s sexual health since the pill,” Sally Greenberg, director of the National Consumers League told The New York Times.

But not everyone is welcoming the little pink pill with open arms. According to the Times, critics have voiced concern for its slew of side effects like low blood pressure, fainting, nausea and dizziness — especially when paired with alcohol. Some are also put off by the fact that, unlike single-dose options like Viagra, Addyi has to be taken every night before bed.

The pill is expected to hit drugstores in October, though its exact price hasn't been disclosed.

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