Mixed Opinions On Women's Viagra Pill

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POSTED: Friday, June 18, 2010 - 6:08pm

UPDATED: Friday, June 18, 2010 - 6:53pm

Twelve years after Viagra hit the market, the FDA considers a similar pill for women, but experts question if it work. Tracie Potts reports in tonight's medical news.

"This is being dubbed the little pink pill if you will," said NBC News Chief Medical Editor Dr. Nancy Snyderman.

The drug is Flibanserin. It's an anti-depressant, like Prozac. It boosts seratonin, which affects mood and sexual desire.

"It's a much more subtle perhaps, targeting the right organ, that is the brain for the female," said FDA Advisory Panel Member Dr. James Liu.  

Unlike men, the problem in women isn't just physical, casting doubt on whether a pill will work.

"Because it's more complicated, some obgyns are saying it can't just be a pill. Perhaps this is too simple," said Dr. Snyderman.

The manufacturer says it's time.

"There is an unmet medical need for women who are suffering from this condition," said representative of Boehringer Ingelheim company Dr. Peter Piliero. 

On the street, men and women say it's past time.

FDA staff recommend against it, saying test results aren't particularly compelling. They cite side effects like depression, fainting, dizziness, nausea and fatigue.

But some women say they're willing to take a chance.

"I'm a post-menopausal woman, and i need a boost."

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