​What’s the Role for Flibanserin in Sex Dysfunction Treatment?​

May 2016 -- Since the August 2015 approval of flibanserin for the treatment of hypoactive sexual desire disorder in premenopausal women, the drug has been under a cloud of controversy.

At the annual meeting of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, physicians debated the merits of flibanserin as a treatment option and whether the condition of hypoactive sexual desire disorder has been needlessly medicalized.

Dr. Holly L. Thacker, director of the Center for Specialized Women’s Health at the Cleveland Clinic, is supportive of the Food and Drug Administration’s approval of the drug and prescribes it in her own practice. She said it’s not effective for all women in treating low sexual desire. However, for women who do respond to the drug, it makes a significant difference in their quality of life, she said.

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