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Poor Anti-depressant proves to be effective women's 'viagra'

A "poor" anti-depressant drug has turned out to be as effective as viagra-like drugs for curing women with diminished libido, scientists claimed.

world Updated: Nov 16, 2009 16:06 IST

A "poor" anti-depressant drug has turned out to be as effective as viagra-like drugs for curing women with diminished libido, scientists claimed on Monday.

The drug Flibanserin, which was meant for treating depression, has been found to be effective for treating low-libido in women, results from three distinct studies have concluded.

"These trials were the first ever to test a therapy that works at the level of the brain to enhance libido in women reporting low sexual desire," said John M Thorp Jr Professor of obstetrics and gynaecology at the University of North Carolina said.

"Flibanserin was a poor antidepressant. These results point to a novel approach to pharmacological treatment of the sexual problem that plagues reproductive age women the most, and may over time prove to be an effective treatment without the side effects of androgen replacement therapy, which is the only treatment currently available," Thorp said.

"It's essentially a Viagra-like drug for women in that diminished desire or libido is the most common feminine sexual problem, like erectile dysfunction is in men," Thorp said.

The results of the trials, funded by manufacturers of flibanserin covering about 2,000 women, were presented today at the Congress of the European Society for Sexual Medicine in Lyon, France.