The Myth of “Female Viagra”

http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/the-myth-of-female-viagra/?WT.mc_id=SA_WR_20150610

The new drug, Flibanserin, is designed to alter women’s brain chemistry over time to help increase sex drive. Unlike Viagra, it does not spark an immediate physical change in the body…

Whereas Viagra is a little blue pill men would take directly before sex to help direct that blood flow, Flibanserin needs to be taken daily. Over time it can affect two neurotransmitters in the brain and that may help influence libido. Exactly how Flibanserin restores desire, however, is murky. The drug acts to increase the neurotransmitter dopamine—a chemical that modulates motivation and reward—by binding with dopamine receptors. It also suppresses serotonin—a neurochemical linked to appetite and feelings of fulfillment or satiety—by acting on serotonin receptors…

Flibanserin was originally developed as an antidepressant drug by pharmaceutical company Boehringer Ingelheim although it is now produced by Sprout Pharmaceuticals. Several other antidepressants are currently prescribed off-label to treat sexual desire disorders but some of those drugs have can cause unwanted side effects such as irregular heartbeat or shortness of breath. Flibanserin, in fact, was rejected by the FDA twice for side effects that include fainting spells and low blood pressure…

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