The Female Libido Pill Is No Viagra

More than half a million men got prescriptions for Viagra in its first month on the market in 1998. The number of prescriptions for Addyi, the women’s libido-boosting pill, in its first few weeks? 227.

“I thought there was going to be this huge onslaught,” said Stephanie Faubion, director of the Women’s Health Clinic at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. “There have been a few casual inquiries, but no prescriptions yet.”

Addyi, made by Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc.’s Sprout unit, was controversial even before it hit the U.S. market on Oct. 17. The pill offers meaningful help for only about 10 percent more patients than a placebo, and it comes with a risk of serious side effects, including severely low blood pressure and fainting. To minimize these potential problems, women are supposed to refrain from alcohol while taking the daily

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