Addyi, Is This Libido Pill Good for Women?


Majid Ali, M.D.

Addyi, the first prescription drug for sharpening female sexual drive, was approved by the FDA in August 2015. Female sexuality, of course, is as important as male sexuality. So, one would want to welcome the drug.

My passion is for using natural remedies to address all chronic disorders. I am cautious about prescribing new drugs. The very long “history of drugs,” makes one thing clear: It is rare to see the initial drug claims to become stronger with passing years. Still, we must be respectful of female desire for enhancing sexuality.

My initial response to the Addyi announcement is this: the available evidence for efficacy of Addyi is minimal and the drug’s adverse effects include nausea, dizziness, fainting, low blood pressure, and sleepiness.

Healthy Female Sexuality Requires a Healthy Female Body

What is really important in consideration of female sexuality is what actually the female sexuality experts do not address: Healthy female sexuality requires a healthy female body. Consider the following quote from The New York Times of August 19, 2015:

“Dr. Lauren Streicher, associate professor of clinical obstetrics and gynecology at Northwestern University, said she sensed great interest for a drug like Addyi among her patients. She said the drug’s availability would encourage many women to talk to doctors about their sexual problems for the first time…I think this is going to change the conversation that’s taking place in medical offices across the country,” she said, much as the 1998 approval of Viagra made it acceptable for men to talk about erectile dysfunction.”

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