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Female Viagra May Be Coming To A Pharmacy Near You

Last week, the Vietnamese Department of Health announced that it would consider circulating a newly-approved drug call Addyi, which treats low sexual desire in women.

 


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Although the drug was approved by the American Food and Drug Administration (FDA) last Tuesday, Addyi will require further scrutiny if it is to be sold in Vietnam. According to the Law on Pharmacy, medicine that has been on the market for less than five years must undergo clinical tests, should the producer wish to apply for a circulation license in the Vietnamese market.

 

Dubbed “female Viagra”, Addyi targets its users psychologically rather than physically, unlike the famous libido-enhancing drug for men. For optimal effectiveness, it is to be taken everyday.

Despite approval from the FDA, Addyi has some side effects, including fainting, nausea and dizziness. Users should not take the drug if they have a liver impairment or when drinking alcohol, as doing so could result in low blood pressure.

In the past, the FDA has been accused of gender bias by ignoring the sexual needs of women. With Addyi now on its list, it will be interesting to see how this approval may change the organization's image in future.

[Tuoi Tre]

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