Flibanserin - oral
Flibanserin - oral
Drinking alcohol close to the time that you take flibanserin can increase the risk of severe low blood pressure and fainting. If you drink one or two alcoholic drinks in the evening, you must wait at least 2 hours before taking flibanserin at bedtime. After taking flibanserin at bedtime, do not drink any alcohol until the next day. If you drink 3 or more alcoholic drinks in the evening, then you should skip your dose of flibanserin that night. Examples of an alcoholic drink could be a 12-ounce can of beer, a 5-ounce glass of wine, or a 1.5 ounce shot of distilled spirits. Consult your doctor and pharmacist for more details and to discuss the risks and benefits of using flibanserin.
Do not take flibanserin if you have liver problems or if you take certain medications that may interact with flibanserin because your risk for severe low blood pressure or fainting will increase. See the Drug Interactions section. Before using flibanserin, tell your doctor and pharmacist if you have liver problems and about all the products you use (including prescription drugs, nonprescription drugs, and herbal products). Also, before you start using any new product, ask your doctor and pharmacist if it could interact with flibanserin.
This medication is used to treat women who have not gone through menopause who have low sexual desire and are concerned about it.
Flibanserin should not be used to treat low sexual desire caused by: a medical or mental/mood disorder, problems in the relationship, or the effects of other drugs. This medication should not be used by women who have gone through menopause, or by men. Flibanserin is not used to enhance sexual performance.
Read the Medication Guide provided by your pharmacist before you start taking flibanserin and each time you get a refill. If you have any questions, ask your doctor or pharmacist.
Take this medication by mouth as directed by your doctor, usually once daily at bedtime. Take flibanserin only at bedtime to reduce your risk of low blood pressure, fainting, and drowsiness while you are awake. After taking flibanserin, do not drink any alcohol until the next day. See also Warning section.
Avoid eating grapefruit or drinking grapefruit juice while using this medication unless your doctor or pharmacist says you may do so safely. Grapefruit can increase the chance of side effects with this medicine. Ask your doctor or pharmacist for more details.
Take this medication regularly to get the most benefit from it. To help you remember, take it at the same time each day.
Tell your doctor if your condition does not get better after 8 weeks of treatment.
See also Warning and How to Use sections.
Drowsiness, dizziness, nausea, or tiredness may occur. If any of these effects last or get worse, tell your doctor or pharmacist promptly.
Low blood pressure and fainting may occur even if you take flibanserin by itself. The risk of these side effects is greater if you take this medication with or less than 2 hours after alcohol, or at a time of day other than at bedtime, or if you take more of it than prescribed. If you feel dizzy or lightheaded, lie down right away. Get medical help right away or have someone get medical help for you right away if symptoms last or if you faint.
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Before taking flibanserin, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to it; or if you have any other allergies. This product may contain inactive ingredients, which can cause allergic reactions or other problems. Talk to your pharmacist for more details.
Before using this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist your medical history, especially of:
This drug may make you dizzy or drowsy. Alcohol or marijuana (cannabis) can make you more dizzy or drowsy. Do not drive, use machinery, or do anything that needs alertness until at least 6 hours after taking flibanserin and until you can do it safely. Avoid alcoholic beverages. Talk to your doctor if you are using marijuana (cannabis).
It is unknown if this medication passes into breast milk. Because of the possible risk to the infant, breast-feeding while using this drug is not recommended. Consult your doctor before breast-feeding.
See also Warning and How to Use sections.
Other medications can affect the removal of flibanserin from your body, which may affect how flibanserin works. Examples include azole antifungals (such as fluconazole, ketoconazole), certain calcium channel blockers (such as diltiazem, verapamil), macrolide antibiotics (such as clarithromycin, erythromycin), nefazodone, rifamycins (such as rifabutin, rifampin), St. John's wort, drugs used to treat seizures (such as carbamazepine, phenytoin), among others.
Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking other products that cause drowsiness such as opioid pain or cough relievers (such as codeine, hydrocodone), marijuana (cannabis), drugs for sleep or anxiety (such as alprazolam, lorazepam, zolpidem), muscle relaxants (such as carisoprodol, cyclobenzaprine), or antihistamines (such as cetirizine, diphenhydramine).
Check the labels on all your medicines (such as allergy or cough-and-cold products) because they may contain ingredients that cause drowsiness. Ask your pharmacist about using those products safely.
If someone has overdosed and has serious symptoms such as passing out or trouble breathing, call 911. Otherwise, call a poison control center right away. US residents can call their local poison control center at 1-800-222-1222. Canada residents can call a provincial poison control center. Symptoms of overdose may include: severe drowsiness, severe dizziness, fainting.
Do not share this medication with others.
If you miss a dose, skip the missed dose. Take your next dose at bedtime the next day. Do not double the dose to catch up.
Store at room temperature away from light and moisture. Do not store in the bathroom. Keep all medications away from children and pets.
Information last revised October 2019.
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