FDA approves female sex pill but warns against its side effects

By , on August 19, 2015

(Photo from Wikimedia Commons/Ragesoss)
(Photo from Wikimedia Commons/Ragesoss)

MANILA – Addyi, a drug that enhances women’s sexual desire, has been approved by the Food and Drug Association (FDA). Although it helps boost the sex drive, the daily pill came with side effects.

“This is not a drug you take an hour before you have sex. You have to take it for weeks and months in order to see any benefit at all,” sex therapist Leonore Tiefer said in a Philippine Daily Inquirer report.

Women who took Addyi and drank strong alcoholic drinks or ingested other prescription drugs were at high risk of low blood pressure and fainting.

“Patients and prescribers should fully understand the risks associated with the use of Addyi before considering treatment,” FDA director Dr. Janet Woodcock said in the same report.

With the drug first of its kind and with its serious side effects, women who would want to take the pill first had to submit an online certification test.