Viagra aids women in study
Omaha World Herald
July 23, 2008
CHICAGO (AP) — Women who have trouble getting sexually aroused as a side effect of taking antidepressants may be helped by Viagra, a study has found.
The research involving 98 premenopausal women found that Viagra helped with orgasm. But the benefits did not extend to other aspects of sex such as desire, researchers report in today’s Journal of the American Medical Association.
Antidepressants can interfere with sex drive and performance even as the drugs help lift crippling depression.
Pfizer Inc. spokeswoman Sally Beatty said the company currently has no plans to pursue FDA approval for using its drug Viagra as a treatment for female sexual dysfunction. The company ended its internal research on Viagra for women in 2004. Although Viagra was found to be safe, the results were inconclusive, Beatty said.
The new Viagra findings are based on an eight-week experiment. The 98 women were using antidepressants successfully but were having sexual problems. Their average age was 37.
The women agreed to attempt sexual activity at least once each week. Each time, they took a pill, not knowing whether it was Viagra or a dummy pill.
While 72 percent of the women taking Viagra reported improvement on an overall scale, only 27 percent of the women taking the placebo reported improvement.