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Women and Viagra

The little blue pill has long been a friend to men in need of a pick-me-up. Now, a study has found Viagra may have women singing “Good Morning!” – as long as their sexual woes are the result of antidepressant use.

The research, published today in the Journal of the American Medical Association, found Viagra helped premenopausal women whose depression is in remission achieve orgasm.

Lagging sex drive and performance is a common side effect of antidepressant use, and some patients quit taking their medication because of that. This study has scientists  hoping that – Viagra will help them stay on the mood-altering drugs.

Viagra has not been approved for use by women in Canada or the United States, and the results of previous studies have been mixed.

This new study showed 72 per cent of the women who took Viagra reported an overall improvement in their sex lives.

If Viagra were to be approved for use among depressed women experiencing sexual dysfunction, the potential windfall could be huge. There were approximately 27 million prescriptions for antidepressants issued by Canadian doctors last year.

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