Addyi® Flibanserin

Molecular Formula 
Molecular Weight  390.40
CAS Registry Number  167933-07-5
Structural Formula
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          While this particular medication of interest doesn't necessarily directly relate to hsdd, many claim that there can be a correlation between a woman's weight and their sex drive. This however is not the only issue when it comes to hsdd, that is for sure. But with studies showing that if a woman feels attractive, it can often help out the issue of hsdd, one can only presume that a possible weight loss medication could help out. However, this is not ever suppose to be some kind of cure-all pill. The proposed medication is called
Qsymia, it is raising some eyebrows but it is also equally raising some questions.
          This Qnexa diet pill is a proposed medication for the treatment of obesity. It has undergone FDA approved testing for years with thousands of patients and has been proven effective in helping people to lose weight. There infact is no real denying its effectiveness, no other weight loss drug has been able to produce the kind of results that Qnexa has but there are also some side effects that make many wonder if it will ever actually be FDA approved or not. One of the biggest issues is that topiramate, an ingredient in Qnexa has been shown to cause cleft palate/lip birth defects. Another issue is that of whether cardiovascular strain will happen such as heart problems. Now, warnings can always be placed and it can also be only prescribed for certain patients.
          Back on February 22nd, 2012 there was a board of doctors who the FDA had look over Qnexa and give their vote and reason for the vote on whether they would recommend that the FDA accept Qnexa or not. The vote was overwhelmingly Yes. The numbers where a 20-2 for it. While this looks like a for sure thing, it isn't necessarily as the FDA will have the final say April 17th, 2012. The interesting thing was that 2 years prior, a panel voted 10-6 against it, however much of the no vote at that time was due to questions they had. Qnexa's maker Vivus Inc worked hard to address this issues and performed further testing to ensure of its supposed safety. But what really does this mean if it is approved?
          If approved, it no doubt will cause a stir among several obese people wanting to get ahold of it. It will also cause great concern for others as the fear being that now people may believe that weight loss comes in a pill form and not the right combination of exercise and proper diet. While this could be responsible for some great success stories, it could also be some horror stories, but isn't this the case with many prescription drugs on the market? This is why a doctors intervention is so important. For some it would work well, for others they should not take it. A doctor, although not infallible, is well educated on these issues and would provide a better insight into its use/side effects than most. Another issue that must be addressed with any weight loss program is a proper diet and exercise. But I will not stop at that, I think there also needs to be a complete behavioral transformation in ones lifestyle in order to have long term success.