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Flip Your Libido Switch Back On With Addyi

Flip Your Libido Switch Back On With Addyi

Have you heard about Flibanserin (Addyi) – the new “Viagra for women?” It’s the first FDA approved pill to boost a woman’s libido. As of October 17, 2015, Addyi became available by prescription from healthcare providers trained on Addyi usage. And we are proud to announce that our AOA family of providers have received the training.

So What Exactly Is Addyi?

Addyi is a non-hormonal prescription pill intended for women with Hypoactive (low) Sexual Desire Disorder who are highly motivated to flip their libido switch back on not only for their own pleasure, but often to save a marriage or relationship sabotaged by the absence of normal sexual relations.

Addyi works on a woman’s brain to balance neurotransmitters and restore normal sexual desire. The drug is akin to an antidepressant in that it changes brain chemistry in a similar way to dopamine and serotonin. It starts to show positive effects two to four weeks after a woman begins taking the drug.

What are the Benefits, Risks and Side Effects?

Women in the studies reported a 53 percent increase in sexual desire, their number of satisfying sexual events doubled, and their distress about sexual function decreased by 29 percent.

Taking Addyi with certain other medicines can increase the amount of Addyi in your blood and can cause severe low blood pressure, fainting (loss of consciousness), and sleepiness. The most common side effects of Addyi include dizziness, nausea, tiredness, dry mouth and difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep. It’s important to discuss the risks and side effects with your AOA provider.

Additionally, interactions with alcohol need to be discussed with your AOA physician just as they would with any drug that affects your central nervous system. All centrally-acting drugs (think antihistamines, antidepressants, and hundreds of other drugs) are known to interact with alcohol, and the FDA requires a similar warning for these.

Will Addyi Help Restore My Libido?

Of all sexual problems, loss of lust is by far the most common. Up to 1 in 10 adult women who have not yet gone through menopause are affected by Hypoactive (low) Sexual Desire Disorder (HSDD). If you are experiencing distress because of a low sex drive, talk with your trained AOA healthcare provider about Addyi. One tablet a day tablet may be able to flip your switch back “on.”

To learn if Addyi is right for you, call Arizona OB/GYN Affiliates (AOA) at 602-343-6174 or visit www.aoafamily.com.

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