For women, there is a type absence of desire that is caused by a neurological function in the brain. And there’s a medicine now that works, that impacts the neurological center in the brain, where this occurs in women. And it’s not the same way as the ED drugs. So the drug Addyi came about when they decided that women sex drive needs to be increased because women are screaming for it, for the approval. There was a treatment for depression and the women who were depressed when they were beginning taking this medicine, they say “something started to happen sexually, I started to look at my husband differently again, I started to have fantasies in random moments again like a younger woman”. And then they say “gosh, this could be the magic bullet.”
We find a lot of our medications by accident; Viagra was supposed to be a blood pressure medication that turns out that it gave everybody an erection. So now it’s an erectile dysfunction drug. However the Addyi is working directly on the brain, and it’s increasing dopamine and norepinephrine, two of those neurological hormones or neurotransmitters that improve sex drive in a particular part of your brain. They have an observational way to measure it by looking at an MRI, they look at the MRI before when somebody says they don’t have any sex drive, and then they look at it after on Addyi and it increases.
Addyi Side Effects
You have this drug, you have to take, it should be prescribed by a physician who has been trained by this medication company to make it safe because it’s not very. It has a lot of side effects. So what are the side effects that I find to be disturbing is that when you take this drug, drops your blood pressure and causes you to faint. Now when people are on anti-seizure medication, where they could black out or faint, they’re not allowed to drive cars. So they haven’t given us any kind of warning here, but once there are a few car accidents because people are trying to get their sexuality back, it is doomed to be removed from our ability to get it. Because that is a huge problem.
The next problem is that 50% of the people that take this medication even if they don’t have the side effects, on 50% of people it doesn’t work on. And you have to take it for a month before you find out. That’s a huge problem, that’s a poor efficacy problem with testosterone, I meant the 90% of my patients who have the weak sexual desire, had excellent sexual desire three months later. So the advocacy or the ability to do what it says it’s going to do, is very low comparatively. So that’s disturbing to me as well. We already have a medication that’s not approved for us.