“Flibanserin, ‘Female Viagra,’ Distracts From Real Causes of Low Libido”

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CBC News Canada voices sex therapists and psychiatrists concerns over the FDAs decision to approve Flibanserin last week. Critics contend, “it’s an ineffectual pharmacological solution for a problem better treated with relationship counselling, sex therapy and behavioural changes.” Walid Gellad, the co-director of the Center for Pharmaceutical Policy and Prescribing adds, “I believe that it should be used by almost no one.”

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4 COMMENTS

  1. Over the past two decades, the use of antidepressants has skyrocketed. One in 10 Americans now takes an antidepressant medication; among women in their 40s and 50s, the figure is one in four. – New York Times

    Women are two and a half times more likely than men to take an antidepressant medication — and for many, it’s affecting their sex lives.

    According to a Johns Hopkins health alert, 30 to 70 percent of people on an antidepressant will experience sexual problems as a side effect.

    – Huffingtonpost

    • “According to a Johns Hopkins health alert, 30 to 70 percent of people on an antidepressant will experience sexual problems as a side effect. ”

      That’s a FAR higher percentage than those who experience relief from their depression…so the drugs should actually be marketed as drugs to lower sex drive, rather than to fix depression. It is a primary effect, not a side effect.

      I wonder how FDA would fare if it were to openly approve a drug for the destruction of people’s sex lives (and downstream their marriages and families), rather than do it by stealth as is currently the case.

      And I wonder what the marketing campaign might look like.

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