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Women on female Viagra can now drink alcohol: FDA removes black box warning after studies suggest booze does not affect the little pink pill

Women who use the female libido pill, Addyi, no longer need to avoid alcohol, regulators have declared.

Previously, Addyi came with a warning to stop drinking two hours before taking the pill, or to skip the pill if they’d had a few drinks.

But on Thursday, the US Food and Drug Administration found studies conducted by the drugmaker, Sprout, showed no need for such a warning.

Sexual health professionals hailed the shift as a win for women.

The little pink pill was first approved in 2015, and remains the only FDA-approved treatment for hypoactive sexual desire disorder (HSDD) in pre-menopausal women.

Unlike Viagra, which increases blood flow to a man’s penis, Addyi (the brand name for flibanserin) targets the brain with similar effects to an antidepressant.

It boosts dopamine to gear up motivation and excitement, and dulls serotonin, the neurotransmitter which makes us self-conscious.

The drug has plenty of critics: a significant portion of doctors say we do not know enough about female sexual desire to ‘fix it’ with one pill.

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