Archive for May, 2010

The New Pill: Drug Promises to Boost Female Sex Drive

Tuesday, May 25th, 2010

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration may approve a pill next month that could boost women’s sex drives.

Flibanserin, the drug made by German pharmaceutical company Boehringer Ingelheim, is already being called the “female Viagra” because its potential effects could change women’s sex lives much as Viagra did by treating men’s erectile dysfunction.

But even though flibanserin is being likened to Viagra, the two drugs work in very different ways, according to Dr. Marie Savard, “Good Morning America” medical contributor.

On the show this morning, Savard said flibanserin works on a woman’s brain chemistry, increasing her desire for sex, while Viagra increases blood flow to the genitals, increasing a man’s ability to perform.