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Addyi

Generic name: flibanserin

What is Addyi?

Addyi is a prescription medicine used to treat hypoactive (low) sexual desire disorder (HSDD) in women who have not gone through menopause, who have not had problems with low sexual desire in the past, and who have low sexual desire no matter the type of sexual activity, the situation, or the sexual partner. Women with HSDD have low sexual desire that is troubling to them. Their low sexual desire is not due to:

  • a medical or mental health problem
  • problems in the relationship
  • medicine or other drug use

Addyi is not for use for the treatment of HSDD in women who have gone through menopause or in men.
Addyi is not for use to improve sexual performance.
Addyi is not for use in children.

What is the most important information I should know about Addyi?

Your risk of severe low blood pressure and fainting (loss of consciousness) is increased if you take Addyi and:

  • drink alcohol close to the time you take your Addyi dose.
    • Wait at least 2 hours after drinking 1 or 2 standard alcoholic drinks before taking Addyi at bedtime.
      Examples of 1 standard alcoholic drink include:
      • one 12-ounce regular beer
      • 5 ounces of wine
      • 1.5 ounces of distilled spirits or shot
    • If you drink 3 or more standard alcoholic drinks in the evening, skip your Addyi dose at bedtime.
    • After you have taken your Addyi at bedtime do not drink alcohol until the following day.
  • take certain prescription medicines, over-the-counter medicines, or herbal supplements. Do not take or start taking any prescription medicines, over-the-counter medicines, or herbal supplements while taking Addyi until you have talked with your doctor. Your doctor will tell you if it is safe to take other medicines or herbal supplements while you are taking Addyi.
  • have liver problems. Do not take Addyi if you have liver problems.

If you take Addyi and you feel lightheaded or dizzy, lie down right away. Get emergency medical help or ask someone to get emergency medical help for you if the symptoms do not go away or if you feel like you could faint (lose consciousness). If you faint (lose consciousness), tell your doctor as soon as you can.

Who should not take Addyi?

Do not take Addyi if you:

  • take certain other medicines. Taking Addyi with certain other medicines can increase the amount of Addyi in your blood and cause severe low blood pressure, fainting (loss of consciousness), and sleepiness.
  • Do not take Addyi if you are taking any of the following medicines:
    • certain medicines used to treat HIV-1 infection, such as:
      • amprenavir
      • atazanavir (Reyataz)
      • fosamprenavir (Lexiva)
      • ritonavir (Norvir)
      • saquinavir (Invirase)
      • nelfinavir (Viracept)
      • indinavir (Crixivan)
    • certain medicines that you take by mouth used to treat fungal infections, such as:
      • fluconazole (Diflucan)
      • ketoconazole
      • itraconazole (Onmel, Sporanox)
      • posaconazole (Noxafil)
      • certain antibiotics, including:
      • ciprofloxacin (Cipro, Cipro XR)
      • erythromycin (Ery-Tab, Eryc, Pec)
      • telithromycin (Ketek)
      • clarithromycin (Biaxin)
      • certain medicines used to treat Hepatitis C infection, such as:
      • boceprevir (Victrelis)
      • telaprevir
    • certain medicines used to treat high blood pressure, chest pain (angina), or other heart problems, such as:
      • diltiazem (Cardizem, Cardizem CD, Cardizem LA, Cartia XT, Dilt CD, Diltzac, Taztia XT, Tiazac)
      • verapamil (Calan, Calan SR, Covera-HS, Verelan, Verelan PM)
      • conivaptan (Vaprisol)
    • nefazodone: a medicine used to treat depression

Ask your doctor or pharmacist if you are not sure if you take any of the medicines listed above.
These are examples of the medicines that you should not take if you are taking Addyi. Tell your doctor about all of the medicines you take before you start taking Addyi.

  • have liver problems

What should I tell my healthcare provider before taking Addyi?

Before you take Addyi, tell your doctor about all of your medical conditions, including if you:

  • drink alcohol, use drugs or have a history of alcohol or drug abuse
  • have ever had depression or other mental health problems
  • have low blood pressure or a medical condition that can cause low blood pressure
  • are pregnant or plan to become pregnant. It is not known if Addyi will harm your unborn baby.
  • are breastfeeding or plan to breastfeed. It is not known if Addyi passes into your breast milk. You and your doctor should decide if you will take ADDYI or breastfeed. You should not do both.

Tell your doctor about all of the medicines you take, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements. Addyi can affect the way other medicines work, and other medicines can affect the way Addyi works, and can cause serious side effects.

Know the medicines and herbal supplements you take. Keep a list of them to show your doctor or pharmacist each time you get a new medicine.

How should I take Addyi?

  • Take Addyi exactly as your doctor tells you to take it.
  • Take 1 Addyi tablet one time a day at bedtime.
  • Take Addyi only at bedtime. Taking ADDYI at a time other than bedtime can increase your risk of low blood pressure, fainting (loss of consciousness), accidental injury, and sleepiness.
  • If you drink alcohol, see "What is the most important information I should know about Addyi?"
  • If you skip a dose of Addyi, take your next dose at bedtime the next day.
  • If you miss a dose of Addyi, skip your missed dose. Take your next dose at bedtime the next day. Do not take ADDYI the next morning or double your next dose. If you take too much Addyi, call your doctor.
  • Tell your doctor if your symptoms of HSDD have not improved after you have taken Addyi for 8 weeks.

What should I avoid while taking Addyi?

  • Do not drink alcohol close to the time you take your Addyi dose because this increases your risk of severe low blood pressure and fainting (loss of consciousness).
  • Do not drive, operate machinery, or do things that require clear thinking until at least 6 hours after you take Addyi and until you know how Addyi affects you.
  • Do not drink grapefruit juice if you take Addyi. Drinking grapefruit juice during your treatment with Addyi increases your risk of severe low blood pressure and fainting (loss of consciousness).
  • You should not take the herbal supplements St. John’s Wort, ginkgo, or resveratrol or certain over-the-counter medicines such as cimetidine until you talk to your doctor. Taking Addyi with these herbal supplements and over-the-counter medicine may increase your risk of low blood pressure, fainting (loss of consciousness), and sleepiness.

What are the possible side effects of Addyi?

Addyi can cause serious side effects, including:

  • See “What is the most important information I should know about Addyi?
  • Sleepiness is a common side effect of Addyi and can be serious. Taking Addyi can increase your risk of sleepiness if taken during waking hours, if you drink alcohol, or take certain medicines or herbal supplements.
  • Low blood pressure and fainting (loss of consciousness) can happen when you take Addyi even if you do not drink alcohol or take other medicines or herbal supplements. Your risk of low blood pressure and fainting (loss of consciousness) is increased if Addyi is taken during waking hours, if you drink alcohol within 2 hours of taking Addyi, or if you take certain medicines or herbal supplements.

The most common side effects of Addyi include:

  • dizziness
  • nausea
  • tiredness
  • difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep
  • dry mouth

These are not all of the possible side effects of Addyi. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

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General information about the safe and effective use of Addyi

Medicines are sometimes prescribed for purposes other than those listed in a Medication Guide. Do not use ADDYI for a condition for which it was not prescribed. Do not give Addyi to other people, even if they have the same symptoms that you have. It may harm them. You can ask your doctor or pharmacist for information about Addyi that is written for health professionals.

How should I store Addyi?

  • Store Addyi at room temperature between 68°F to 77°F (20°C to 25°C).

Keep Addyi and all medicines out of the reach of children.

What are the ingredients in Addyi?

Active ingredient: flibanserin

Inactive ingredients: lactose monohydrate, microcrystalline cellulose, hypromellose, croscarmellose sodium, magnesium stearate, talc, macrogol, and the coloring agents, titanium dioxide and iron oxide.

For more information go to www.ADDYI.com or call 1‑844-PINK-PILL (1-844-746-5745).

Source: National Library of Medicine. Last updated October 11, 2019.