Flibanserin is a newly formulated drug that is used to counter decreased sex drive in women by boosting their libido. Referred to as female Viagra, this medication managed to ignite the debate of medicine and sexuality. Let’s take a closer look at Flibanserin, and how this unique formula was discovered.
Flibanserin – What you Need to Know
This latest contender was developed by Boehringer Ingelheim, a German firm. Flibanserin essentially belongs to a broad class of medications that are used for treating depression, like Zoloft, Prozac, Welbutrin, etc. As a matter of fact, this libido enhancing medication was originally developed for treating depression, but clinical trials proved the drug to be ineffective at countering its symptoms. Depression medications function by correcting the chemical imbalance in your brain. However, Flibanserin proved to be ineffective in that regard, but yielded a surprising conclusion to the Clinical Trials. You can find our more here.
Clinical Trials Results
As the clinical trials failed to yield expected results, the survey conducted post trial revealed that Flibanserin actually turned out to be a rather effective medication for boosting the libido in women who were experiencing reduced sex drive. A large sample of women, who participated in the trial experienced, significant boost in their sexual drive and desires.
Soon after these surprising results started coming to light, 3 more Flibanserin trials were launched to further facilitate the investigation of its full extent of effects on female libido. A sample of 5,000 volunteers included women whose age ranged between 18 and 40, all of whom were suffering from HSDD (or hypoactive sexual desire disorder) and/or unnaturally deficient sex drive.
In the culture of westerners, an undying belief is that there’s a pill for whatever seems to ail them. This partially provides some insight into Viagra’s tremendous performance. Staying true to the long upheld tradition, there is now a medication that can be used for treating HSDD.
The Good and the Bad
In addition to successful clinical trials, the wide acceptance of this medication is due to its effects of enhancing arousal, sexual desires, as well as urge frequency. Nevertheless, just as every medication, Flibanserin too has side effects that affected about 15 percent volunteers in the trial. While you can rest assured that the effects of this medication are not instant, but may prove to be longer lasting.
While, there aren’t many known remedies of increasing sexual drive and desire in women, Flibanserin may just be the answer to your problems. In order to be sure that Flibanserin is the right medication for you, remember to consult your primary healthcare physician. When it comes down to it, the condition HSDD is not due to the imbalance of neurotransmitters, rather because of psychological disturbances.
Despite the glaring evidence, there are still a large number of people that believe HSDD is a problem that stems from physiological symptoms. Although partially true, an effective way to overcome this issue is figuring out your partner’s most dominant sexual desires and doing your part to accommodate those fantasies. There are a variety of cases in which patients were able to overcome reduced libido by turning away from medication and focusing entirely on the relationship with their significant other.
We recommend further reading on HSDD at this website.
Flibanserin in the UK
Flibanserin has been approved in the US only. This medication is not available in the UK so if you ask your GP to prescribe it, they will be unable to do so – even if they consider it to be appropriate for you.
It is likely that the licence holder will be applying for a marketing authorisation in the EU in the not too distant future. You can keep up to date with any developments at this health blog.