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General

Pronunciation:
(flib an' ser in)

Brand name:

  • Addyi®

Important Warning

Flibanserin may cause very low blood pressure resulting in dizziness, lightheadedness, and fainting. Tell your doctor if you have or have ever had liver disease or if you drink or have ever drunk large amounts of alcohol. Your doctor will probably tell you not to take flibanserin. Tell your doctor and pharmacist if you are taking any of the following medications or have taken them in the last two weeks: amprenavir (Agenerase; no longer available in the U.S.), atazanavir (Reyataz, in Evotaz), boceprevir (Victrelis), ciprofloxacin (Cipro), clarithromycin (Biaxin, in Prevpac), conivaptan (Vaprisol), diltiazem (Cartia XT, Diltzac, Tiazac, others), erythromycin (E.E.S., Erytab, Erythrocin), fluconazole (Diflucan), fosamprenavir (Lexiva), indinavir (Crixivan), itraconazole (Onmel, Sporanox), ketoconazole (Nizoral), nefazodone, nelfinavir (Viracept), posaconazole (Noxafil), ritonavir (Norvir, in Kaletra, in Viekira Pak), saquinavir (Invirase), telaprevir (Incivek; no longer available in the U.S.), telithromycin (Ketek), and verapamil (Calan, Covera, Verelan, in Tarka). Your doctor may tell you not to take flibanserin, change your medications during your treatment with flibanserin, or monitor you carefully for side effects. Do not drink alcohol and do not eat grapefruit or drink grapefruit juice while taking flibanserin. If you have any of the following symptoms, call your doctor immediately: lightheadedness, fainting, or dizziness.

Because of the risks with this medication, flibanserin is available only through a special restricted distribution program. A program called Addyi Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategies (REMS) Program. Female patients can get flibanserin only if they are registered with the Addyi REMS Program. Ask your doctor if you have any questions about how you will receive your medication.

Keep all appointments with your doctor.

Your doctor or pharmacist will give you the manufacturer's patient information sheet (Medication Guide) when you begin treatment with flibanserin and each time you refill your prescription. Read the information carefully and ask your doctor or pharmacist if you have any questions. You can also visit the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) website (http://www.fda.gov/Drugs/DrugSafety/ucm085729.htm) or the manufacturer's website to obtain the Medication Guide.

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