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Drugs Today (Barc). 2014 Aug;50(8):549-56. doi: 10.1358/dot.2014.50.8.2198036.

Flibanserin for female sexual dysfunction.

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Freelance Writer, Guilford, UK. carlota.reviriego@gmail.com.

Abstract

Hypoactive sexual desire disorder (HSDD) is the most commonly described form of female sexual dysfunction. There is currently no pharmacological therapy approved to treat HSDD, and therefore, there is an unmet medical need for the development of efficacious treatment alternatives. Flibanserin is a novel, non-hormonal drug for the treatment of HSDD in pre- and postmenopausal women, although the application submitted to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration by Sprout Pharmaceuticals is only for premenopausal women. Flibanserin works by correcting an imbalance of the levels of the neurotransmitters that affect sexual desire. More specifically, flibanserin increases dopamine and norepinephrine, both responsible for sexual excitement, and decreases serotonin, responsible for sexual inhibition. Clinically, flibanserin has exhibited some encouraging results in terms of its ability to increase the frequency of satisfying sexual events, and the intensity of sexual desire. However, adverse events such as dizziness, nausea, fatigue and somnolence, typical of a centrally acting drug, are also frequently related to flibanserin treatment.

KEYWORDS:

BIMT-17; Flibanserin; Hypoactive sexual desire disorder (HSDD); Serotonin 5-HT1A receptor agonist; Serotonin 5-HT2A receptor antagonist

PMID:
25187905
DOI:
10.1358/dot.2014.50.8.2198036
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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