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FDA approves 'little pink pill' for women

Flibanserin now FDA-approved to treat low libido in women (Source: WOIO) Flibanserin now FDA-approved to treat low libido in women (Source: WOIO)

You've seen the commercials for men and that little blue pill, but now, there's a little pink pill for women.

The drug Flibanserin, originally tested as an anti-depressant, is meant to treat low libido in women.

The Food and Drug Administration approved the medication Tuesday evening.

"I have no libido and it's been like that since I was 17," said Sheri Mike.

Sheri is eager to try to drug. The 34-year old is happily married with children and says she has no desire to be sexually intimate with her husband.

Unlike Viagra, this drug does not treat physical symptoms of sexual dysfunction. Instead, it affects the mind.

"I would like for them to have an option just like men have options for them," says University Hospital's Doctor Sheryl Kingsberg.

Kingsberg says the drug does have some side effects but says the male version of the drug has much more significant risks.

"The most common side effects for Flibanserin are sleepiness, dizziness, headache, a little bit of nausea, not dissimilar side effects as in as many other drugs that have already been approved for very benign conditions," says Kingsberg.

For Sheri Mike, the little pink pill could be a life changer. she says people who think it’s all in her head just don’t understand.

"It's kind of like eating your favorite food and not having any taste buds. You can’t taste it. And you can eat it, but it's not enjoyable. There's just no satisfaction to it," Sheri said.

The new drug could become available within a month.

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