FDA modifies safety label for Addyi


The Food and Drug Administration has issued a safety labeling change for flibanserin (Addyi), a treatment for premenopausal women with acquired, generalized hypoactive sexual desire disorder, according to a press release issued April 11 by the agency. The warning now says women should avoid consuming alcohol within 2 hours of taking flibanserin to avoid possible instances of severe hypotension and syncope. Previously, the warning said women should abstain from alcohol entirely.

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According to the release, the manufacturer, Sprout, had hoped the FDA would remove the boxed warning and contraindication entirely. However, based on a review of two postmarket research studies, the agency chose to order these modifications to the warnings instead.

The first postmarket study was missing information related to participants’ blood pressure, which FDA officials thought was critical in determining risk; it appeared that this resulted from safety precautions built into the trial. The concern was that not only did this absent information provide further evidence of an interaction but that women at home would not have the benefit of these safety precautions and could suffer serious outcomes, including falls, accidents, and bodily harm. The other postmarketing trial showed that delaying administration of flibanserin until at least 2 hours after consuming alcohol reduced the risk of serious hypotension and syncope.

It is recommended that flibanserin be taken at bedtime because of risks associated with hypotension and syncope, as well as risks associated with central nervous system depression (such as sleepiness). Furthermore, patients are encouraged to discontinue treatment with flibanserin if their hypoactive sexual desire disorder does not improve after 8 weeks. The most common adverse reactions include dizziness, sleepiness, nausea, fatigue, insomnia, and dry mouth.

Full prescribing information is available on the FDA website, as is the full release regarding these safety label modifications.

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