I decided to post this email exchange with one of our bloggers, Bila. Everyone knows my feelings about antidepressants and I'm sickened by the FDA's approval of flibanserin. Here's our conversation on the topic:
Bila: I cringed when I read the news that the FDA recently approved the first prescription drug to boost sexual desire in women, especially concocted for those who report emotional stress due to a lack of libido. Addyi, Big Pharma’s Viagra-esque gift to women, had been rejected in 2010 and 2013 due to its harmful side effects including nausea, drowsiness, dizziness, fainting, and dangerous lowering of blood pressure, as well as lackluster effectiveness. During clinical trials, 14 per cent of participants dropped out due to adverse side-effects.
And that’s not the worst of it. Unlike Viagra which is a ‘pop a pill an hour before you need a hardon’, Addyi requires women to take the drug weeks and months before seeing any effects. Addyi is meant to activate sexual impulses in the brain. It is similar to a class of other drugs known as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors, or SSRI's, that include antidepressants such as Prozac. Yuk.
I decided to find out how Sprout Pharmaceutical came up with the name Addyi and my search got nowhere, so, here’s my take:
Addyi is an abbreviation for Addictive yi betta beware.
I’ve never taken Viagra and don’t plan to. I don’t have a problem with my libido because I love myself and happily engage in solo and paired sex. I realize that ‘what the mind can perceive, the body can achieve’ and so my healthy body and vivid imagination trump drugs in terms of facilitating sexual arousal and performance. It grieves me to see how Big Pharma stealthily realizes its tacit mission to drug humanity into an addictive stupor.
Betty: One big reason I'm healthy at the age of 87 is that I refuse to take medications, especially those put out by Big Pharma. Over the years, whenever I have any kind of medical check-up (friends insist) I leave with some prescription that ends up in the trash. My medication is organic food, clean water, and happy orgasms with myself. Marijuana enhances all of the above. Any healing that ever takes place is plant based, not some scary chemical.
Oh yes, I should also mention that the missing element in so many women's lives is masturbating with a quality vibrator on a regular basis. The latest Magic Wand is now cordless and keeps a charge for a long time with several settings. I'm loving number four. Women must stop wallowing in romantic notions about being "given" an orgasm by some mythical lover. I'm teaching them how to go and get an orgasm whenever they please by combining vaginal penetration with clitoral simulation at the same time while using organic almond oil.
The universal sex problem for women is continuing to use the male model of sexual response that works for guys but not for gals. Unless my clitoris is actively engaged during penetration, men are just masturbating inside my vagina. It's not such a big mystery but PR is a powerful tool that keeps people missinformed.
Big Pharma is intent upon controlling us by drugging people into submission. A pliant population that follows the rules and doesn't make waves. Buyer beware. We'll need clear minds and a healthy bodies for the next coming wave of sexual liberation.