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Addyi (Flibanserin)


Addyi (Flibanserin)

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    What is Addyi?

    • Addyi (flibanserin) is a medication used to treat a lack of sexual desire in premenopausal women. It is sometimes described as 'female Viagra.'

    How does it work?

    • The exact mechanism of action is unknown, but Addyi affects the chemical messengers called serotonin and dopamine to produce the desired effects.

    How is it supplied?

    • You can buy Addyi online as a 100mg tablet.

    How should I store it?

    • You should store your Addyi tablets at room temperature and keep them out of reach of children.

    Fact Table




    US FDA



    Legal status

    US: RX Only

    Chemical Name


    Elimination half-life

    ~11 hours

    Dosage (Strength)

    500mg (30 tablets)


    Consult a doctor



    Protein binding


    PubChem CID






    ATC code






    Routes of administration

    By mouth (tablets)


    Are there any special instructions?

    • You should take Addyi at bedtime to decrease the risk associated with low blood pressure, fainting, accidental injury, and drowsiness.
    • If you miss a dose, skip it and continue with your next dose. Do not take multiple doses in a single day.

    What is the usual dose?

    • Take 100mg by mouth once daily at bedtime.


    What is the active ingredient in Addyi?

    • The active ingredient is flibanserin.

    What are the inactive ingredients?


    Who should avoid taking Addyi?

    • You should not take Addyi if you have liver impairment. Discuss your risk with your doctor.
    • Addyi should not be taken at the same time as drugs that inhibit the CYP3A4 enzyme. Give your doctor a full list of medications you use before starting Addyi.

    What are the risks?

    • Using alcohol at the same time as Addyi can increase your risk of severely low blood pressure and fainting. You should not drink alcohol within two hours of taking your Addyi dose. You should skip your Addyi dose if you drink three or more alcoholic beverages that evening.
    • Addyi can interact with other medications that could increase your risk of adverse effects or decrease the desired results. Give your doctor a full list of your medications before you start taking Addyi.
    • Some patients could experience increased adverse effects if they are considered 'poor metabolizers' with the enzyme CYP2C19. Talk to your doctor about your risk.
    • If you are pregnant or intend to become pregnant, discuss the risks of using Addyi with your doctor.

    Side Effects

    What are the common Addyi side effects?

    • Nausea
    • Dizziness
    • Drowsiness
    • Fatigue

    What are the serious Addyi side effects?

    • Decreased blood pressure
    • Fainting
    • Appendicitis
    • Central nervous system depression

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    Frequently Asked Questions about Addyi

    What is Addyi?

    Addyi is a medication that is used to treat hypoactive sexual desire disorder (HSDD) in premenopausal women. HSDD is characterized by a persistent lack of sexual desire that causes distress or interpersonal difficulty.

    How does Addyi work?

    Addyi works by affecting certain neurotransmitters in the brain, specifically serotonin and dopamine, to help increase sexual desire in women with HSDD.

    Who can take Addyi?

    Addyi is specifically approved for premenopausal women who have been diagnosed with HSDD. It is not intended for use in men or postmenopausal women.

    How is Addyi taken?

    Addyi is taken orally, typically once daily at bedtime. It should not be taken with alcohol, as it can lead to low blood pressure and fainting.

    How long does it take for Addyi to work?

    It may take several weeks of consistent use before individuals notice an improvement in their sexual desire while taking Addyi.

    Are there any side effects associated with Addyi?

    Yes, Addyi can have side effects, including dizziness, sleepiness, nausea, dry mouth, and fatigue. It can also cause low blood pressure and fainting when taken with alcohol. It's important to discuss potential side effects with your healthcare provider.

    Is Addyi effective for everyone with HSDD?

    Addyi may not be effective for everyone with HSDD, and its use should be carefully evaluated by a healthcare provider. Factors such as the underlying causes of HSDD and individual response to the medication can influence its effectiveness.

    Can I stop taking Addyi if my sexual desire improves?

    You should not stop taking Addyi without consulting your healthcare provider. They will provide guidance on when and how to discontinue the medication safely.

    Are there any lifestyle changes or therapies that can complement Addyi treatment?

    In addition to medication, therapy and lifestyle changes, such as counseling, stress reduction, and relationship support, can be helpful in addressing HSDD and improving sexual desire.

    Can I purchase Addyi without a prescription?

    No, Addyi is a prescription medication, and it should only be obtained through a healthcare provider's prescription.

    IMPORTANT NOTE: The above information is intended to increase awareness of health information and does not suggest treatment or diagnosis. This information is not a substitute for individual medical attention and should not be construed to indicate that use of the drug is safe, appropriate, or effective for you. See your health care professional for medical advice and treatment.

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