The female equivalent of the little blue pill will soon be available at the pharmacy counter after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday approved the use of Addyi to treat a lack of sexual desire in women. Janet Woodcock, director of the FDA's Center for Drug Evaluation and Research said in a statement,"today's approval provides women distressed by their low sexual desire with an approved treatment option." Woodcock continued, "the FDA strives to protect and advance the health of women, and we are committed to supporting the development of safe and effective treatments for female sexual dysfunction."
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The class of drugs that Levitra, Viagra, Stendra, and Cialis belong to are called PDE5 inhibitors. They work by relaxing tight blood vessels, allowing more blood to surge into the penis and cause an erection, says Gregory Bales, M.D., an associate professor of urology at the University of Chicago.
The little pills do the trick for more than two-thirds of men with Viagra protects the heart (ED). They also work for guys who simply need them for a short time to get their “confidence back,” says Michael Eisenberg, M.D., director of male reproductive medicine and surgery at Stanford University.