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Viagra for Women: See Safety and Efficacy Info

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About 4 in 10 women in the US report having sexual concerns. The FDA hasn’t approved using Viagra to treat sexual problems for women. However, some experts believe that Viagra can help stimulate blood flow in the vagina resulting in sexual arousal when sexually stimulated.

So far, there are only two medications approved by the FDA to treat sexual problems in women. Flibanserin and Bremelanotide are the two names of these medications. Let us know more about these medications.

Flibanserin (Addyi)

Flibanserin belongs to the class of drugs called miscellaneous central nervous system agents. The brand name under which Flibanserin is sold is Addyi. Flibanserin medication is used to treat low sexual desire in women who have not gone through the stage of menopause or struggled with low sexual desire previously.

FDA approved this drug for premenopausal women on August 18th, 2015.

Quick FAQ

Does taking Addyi result in you having anxiety?
Addyi is not known to cause depression or anxiety to those who use it. It may cause insomnia and dizziness, though.
Can Flibanserin help with lubrication??
Yes, Flibanserin can help you improve sexual desire, arousal, and lubrication.

Bremelanotide (Vyleesi)

Bremelanotide belongs to the class of drugs called melanocortin receptor agents. The brand name under which Bremelanotide is sold is Vyleesi. This medication is used to treat low sexual desire in women who have not gone through the stage of menopause or struggled with low sexual desire previously.

FDA approved this drug for premenopausal women on June 21st, 2019.

Quick FAQ

Can Bremelanotide make you tan?
Yes, Bremelanotide is known to increase energy levels and promote skin tanning.

Flibanserin vs. Bremelanotide Which Is More Effective?

A paper published by Barbara Mintzes, Leonore Tiefer, and Lisa Cosgrove examined the clinical data on the use of Flibanserin and Bremelanotide for low sexual desire in women. The clinical data found that Flibanserin led to an average of one added enjoyable sexual experience every two months while Bremelanotide led to none. Both the drugs showed improvements in sexual arousal, but Flibanserin showed a little more for some women.

Flibanserin Bremelanotide
Company Sprout Pharmaceuticals, Inc. AMAG Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
Date of Approval August 18th, 2015 June 21st, 2019
How to take One tablet can be taken daily, before bedtime. It is self-administered via an autoinjector under the skin of the abdomen or thigh about 45 mins prior to expected sexual activity.

What Is The Intent Of A Viagra-like Pill?

The sole purpose of a viagra-like pill is to show a healthy and positive response to sexual stimulation. Since the FDA does not approve Viagra for women, there was a need to make drugs suitable for sexual arousal in women. Flibanserin and Bremelanotide are popular medications for premenopausal women suffering from low sexual desire.

Changes in sex drive are normal. However, certain women suffer from hypoactive sexual desire disorder (HSDD). There are about 10% of women suffer from HSDD. Pills like Flibanserin and Bremelanotide help in such conditions.

How Does Flibanserin Work?

Serotonin is a crucial hormone to inhibit sexual drive. It is thought that Flibanserin works by reducing the effect of the Serotonin hormone, resulting in increased sex drive. Flibanserin helps ease up the brakes to get the libido going.

Flibanserin is a psychotropic drug and does not contain any hormones in its medication. Flibanserin also indirectly affects dopamine and norepinephrine in the brain. However, it is still unclear how this drug boosts sexual drive.

What Are The Possible Side Effects Of Using Flibanserin?

Some side effects caused due to Flibanserin are listed below:

  • It may cause dizziness or drowsiness that may last for a few hours or even days, depending on the level of effect it has on a person.
  • Tiredness may be a side effect caused due to Flibanserin that may occur after a few minutes.
  • Nausea can also be a side effect caused due to this medication. It may last for a few hours or days, depending on the intensity of its impact. 
  • You may have problems with sleeping on time after Flibanserin’s administration. It takes a few days to weeks to get the sleeping schedule back on track.

There are other side effects not mentioned in this article. It is always a good idea to consult a health care professional if faced with any adverse symptoms or side effects.

How Does Bremelanotide Work?

Bremelanotide (Vyleesi) is a melanocortin receptor. It is still unclear how Bremelanotide boosts sexual activity and drive. However, it is believed that Bremelanotide works by increasing dopamine levels in the brain. Dopamine is a pleasure hormone that helps women process erotic stimulation as pleasure.

What Are The Possible Side Effects Of Using Bremelanotide?

Some side effects caused due to Bremelanotide are listed below:

  • You may expect a rise in blood pressure after taking Bremelanotide. It takes about 12 hours for the blood pressure to get back to normal.
  • Nausea can also be a side effect caused due to this medication. It may last for a few hours or days, depending on the intensity of its impact. 
  • You may feel fatigued after using Bremelanotide. It usually gets better when you rest and eat well.
  • Slow heartbeats can occur due to Bremelanotide that might take approximately 12 hours to get back on track.

There are other side effects not mentioned in this article. It is always a good idea to consult a health care professional if faced with any adverse symptoms or side effects.

Conclusion

Viagra is used by women off-label for sexual stimulation; however, the drug is not approved by the FDA for women as it may cause unwanted side effects. So far, only two drugs can increase sexual drive in women: Flibanserin and Bremelanotide.

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