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Daily Flibanserin “Generally Safe” for Some Postmenopausal Women, Study Finds

Daily Flibanserin “Generally Safe” for Some Postmenopausal Women, Study FindsFlibanserin, a drug used to treat low sexual desire, is “generally safe and well-tolerated” for both premenopausal and naturally postmenopausal women, according to trial results published in the Journal of Sexual Medicine.

More specifically, the drug is designed to treat hypoactive sexual desire disorder (HSDD). Women with HSDD lose interest in sex for reasons that can’t be readily explained. This lack of libido is persistent. The women do not desire sex with a partner, nor do they have sexual fantasies.

One of the diagnostic criteria of HSDD is distress. Women with HSDD feel distress about their situation. Indeed, HSDD can take its toll on relationships, and partners may wonder why the sexual interest isn’t there, especially if they have enjoyed a healthy sexual relationship in the past. Women may miss the intimacy they once shared with their partner.

Flibanserin, marketed under the brand name Addyi, works by rebalancing two neurotransmitters in the brain: dopamine and norepinephrine. In 2015, the drug was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in for use in premenopausal women with acquired, generalized HSDD. Acquired means that their HSDD started after a period of normal sexual function. Generalized means that their lack of sex drive occurs almost all the time, not just in certain situations.

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