FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

GENERAL INFORMATION

Addyi is a prescription medicine used to treat Hypoactive (low) Sexual Desire Disorder (HSDD) in women who have not gone through menopause (menopause is defined as 12 consecutive months since your last period), who have not had problems with low sexual desire in the past, and who have low sexual desire no matter the type of sexual activity, the situation, or the sexual partner.

Women with HSDD have low sexual desire that is troubling to them. Their low sexual desire is not due to:

  • a medical or mental health problem
  • problems in the relationship
  • medicine or other drug use

Addyi is not for use for the treatment of HSDD in women who have gone through menopause or in men. Addyi is not for use to improve sexual performance. Addyi is not for use in children.

Flibanserin is the name for the active ingredient in Addyi, which is a prescription medicine used to treat hypoactive (low) sexual desire disorder (HSDD) in premenopausal women.

Addyi is believed to enhance the release of chemicals in the brain linked to excitement and reduce the chemicals that cause inhibition. Though the exact mechanism of action is not fully understood.1 Learn more about Addyi here.

In Addyi’s clinical trials the average age was 36.

GETTING ADDYI

You can choose to speak to a doctor from the privacy of your home with the telemedicine service, or we encourage you to speak with your own healthcare provider to get a prescription for Addyi. You can also locate a prescriber near you using this search tool.

We have streamlined access to Addyi for healthcare providers (HCPs) and their patients by partnering with a specialty pharmacy (KnippeRx). You can take advantage of this free home delivery service by calling KnippeRx at 877-809-3141. Be prepared to provide some basic information, including your insurance details. Your prescription will be verified at this time.

Yes! Telemedicine is a significant and rapidly growing component of healthcare in the United States that allows healthcare professionals to evaluate, diagnose and treat patients at a distance using phone or online technology. Every doctor you interact with is licensed to treat patients in your state and complies with all governing medical laws in the US.

Ready to book your appointment to speak with a doctor? Click here to be taken to the telemedicine service.

Setting up a telemedicine consultation is easy and secure. Click here and you will be connected to an independent network of U.S. licensed doctors who are trained on HSDD. There, you will be guided through these simple steps:

  1. You will answer some introductory questions to see if you are eligible for a confidential doctor visit.
  2. If eligible, you will be able to schedule a phone call with a doctor. Most are able to talk to a doctor within 24 hours!
  3. You will then complete your visit over the phone to determine if Addyi may be right for you. Only a healthcare provider can determine if Addyi is right for you.
  4. If you are given a prescription for Addyi, it will be filled through our home delivery pharmacy, KnippeRx. You will receive a text or call from them within one business day from receipt of prescription in order to validate your personal information.

The telemedicine service and its participating healthcare professionals are independent and not employees or contractors of Sprout Pharmaceuticals.

Yes, all participating doctors in the telemedicine service (Firefly XD) are licensed, board certified and located in the United States. Every doctor you interact with through this service is licensed to treat patients in your state and complies with all governing medical laws in the US.

While any type of medical provider can prescribe Addyi, you can locate one who specializes in female sexual health using this search tool. You can also speak to a doctor from the privacy of your own home by clicking here.

COST & SAVINGS

Your first 60 days of Addyi will cost you $0 (no matter if your commercial insurance provider covers it or not).

If your commercial insurance covers Addyi, subsequent refills will be no more than $25/month (less than $1/day). If your commercial insurance does not cover Addyi, or if you pay cash, subsequent refills will be no more than $99/month out of pocket for your prescription (less than $4 per day). Free home delivery is your lowest cost option. No special coupon is required.

You may use your Health Savings Account (HSA) or Health Care Flexible Savings Account (FSA) debit card to pay for any out-of-pocket costs. See savings details for more.

You’re eligible to receive your first 60 days of Addyi for $0 no matter if your commercial insurance provider covers it or not. This offer is not valid for any person using Medicare, Medicaid, or any other state/federal health insurance.

If you choose to make a telemedicine appointment (with FireflyXD), it will cost $49, which is similar to the co-pay you would incur for an in-person doctor visit. You may check with your insurance provider to determine if the consult fee can be reimbursed by your specific plan. Additionally, you may want to use your Health Savings Accounts (HSA) or Health Care Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA) debit card to pay for the consult fee.

Choosing the telemedicine consultation is simply an option that may make the process of getting started on Addyi more convenient for you. You always have the option to see a healthcare provider of your choice in person as well. Click here to find a prescriber in your area.

You may use your Health Savings Account (HSA) or Health Care Flexible Savings Account (FSA) debit card to pay for any out-of pocket costs. The telemedicine online service (FireflyXD) also accepts HSA or FSA cards to cover any out-of-pocket costs.

Addyi is covered by most commercial prescription insurance providers. If you choose our free home delivery option, the pharmacy will advise you whether or not Addyi is covered by your plan. Regardless of your circumstances, your first 60 days of Addyi will cost you $0.

If your commercial insurance covers Addyi, subsequent fills will be no more than $25/month.

If your commercial insurance does not cover Addyi, or if you pay cash, subsequent fills will be no more than $99/month out of pocket for your prescription (less than $4 per day). Should your insurer not cover Addyi, free home delivery is your lowest cost option. No special coupon is required.

You may use your Health Savings Account (HSA) or Health Care Flexible Savings Account (FSA) debit card to pay for any out-of pocket costs.

Once you select free home delivery, a specialty pharmacy (KnippeRx) will discreetly deliver your Addyi prescription straight to your doorstep.

If you already have an Addyi prescription at a local pharmacy, you can transfer your prescription by calling KnippeRx at 877-809-3141. Be prepared to provide some basic information. They will verify your prescription, check your insurance coverage and provide free home delivery.

Yes, absolutely! Call the specialty pharmacy (KnippeRx) at 877-809-3141. Be prepared to provide some basic information. They will verify your prescription, check your insurance coverage and complete the prescription transfer for you.

To get started, call the specialty pharmacy (KnippeRx) at 877-809-3141. Be prepared to provide some basic information. They will verify your prescription, check your insurance coverage and provide free home delivery.

Eligible patients can register for an Addyi savings card here. Download and show it at any pharmacy to get your first 60 days of Addyi for $0 no matter if you are insured or not.

If your commercial insurance covers Addyi, subsequent fills will be no more than $25/month.If your commercial insurance does not cover Addyi, subsequent fills will be no more than $99/month out of pocket for your prescription.

You may use your Health Savings Account (HSA) or Health Care Flexible Savings Account (FSA) debit card to pay for any out-of pocket costs.

TAKING ADDYI

  • Addyi is a once-daily, non-hormonal pill taken at bedtime.
  • Bedtime dosing is important. If a dose is missed at bedtime, you should take the next dose at bedtime on the next day. Doses should not be doubled.
  • Allow 8 weeks to feel the full effect of Addyi. Give it time— Addyi is working on your brain chemistry.

In studies, women on Addyi experienced improvement in one or more of their symptoms in 8 weeks, including INCREASED sexual desire, INCREASED number of satisfying sexual events, and DECREASED associated distress

Indication and Important Safety Information, including Boxed Warning

INDICATION

Addyi® (flibanserin) tablets is a prescription medicine used to treat Hypoactive (low) Sexual Desire Disorder (HSDD) in women who have not gone through menopause, who have not had problems with low sexual desire in the past, and who have low sexual desire no matter the type of sexual activity, the situation, or the sexual partner. Women with HSDD have low sexual desire that is troubling to them. Their low sexual desire is not due to:

  • a medical or mental health problem
  • problems in the relationship
  • medicine or other drug use

Addyi is not for the treatment of HSDD in women who have gone through menopause or in men, or to improve sexual performance. Addyi is not for use in children.

IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION

What is the most important information I should know about Addyi?

Your risk of severe low blood pressure and fainting (loss of consciousness) is increased if you take Addyi and:

  • drink alcohol. Do not drink alcohol if you take Addyi.
  • take certain prescription medicines, over-the-counter medicines, or herbal supplements. Do not take or start taking any prescription medicines, over-the-counter medicines, or herbal supplements while taking Addyi until you have talked with your doctor. Your doctor will tell you if it is safe to take other medicines or herbal supplements while you are taking Addyi.
  • have liver problems. Do not take Addyi if you have liver problems.

If you take Addyi and you feel lightheaded or dizzy, lie down right away. Get emergency medical help or ask someone to get emergency medical help for you if the symptoms do not go away or if you faint (lose consciousness). If you faint (lose consciousness), tell your doctor as soon as you can.

Addyi is only available through the Addyi Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategy (REMS) Program because of the increased risk of severe low blood pressure and fainting (loss of consciousness) with alcohol use. You can only get Addyi from pharmacies that are enrolled in the Addyi REMS Program.

Who should not take Addyi?

Do not take Addyi if you:

  • drink alcohol
  • take certain other medicines. Taking Addyi with certain other medicines can increase the amount of Addyi in your blood and cause severe low blood pressure, fainting (loss of consciousness), and sleepiness.
  • Do not take Addyi if you are taking any of the following medicines:
    • certain medicines used to treat HIV-1 infection
    • certain medicines that you take by mouth used to treat fungal infections
    • certain antibiotics, including:
      • ciprofloxacin (CIPRO, CIPRO XR)
      • telithromycin (KETEK)
      • erythromycin (ERY-TAB, ERYC, PCE)
      • clarithromycin (BIAXIN)
    • certain medicines used to treat Hepatitis C infection
    • certain medicines used to treat high blood pressure, chest pain (angina), or other heart problems
    • nefazodone: a medicine used to treat depression
      Ask your doctor or pharmacist if you are not sure if you take any of these types of medicines. These are examples of the types of medicines that you should not take if you are taking Addyi. Tell your doctor about all of the medicines you take before you start taking Addyi.
    • have liver problems

What should I tell my doctor before taking Addyi?

Before you take Addyi, tell your doctor about all of your medical conditions, including if you:

  • drink alcohol, use drugs or have a history of alcohol or drug abuse
  • have ever had depression or other mental health problems
  • have low blood pressure or a medical condition that can cause low blood pressure
  • are pregnant or plan to become pregnant. It is not known if Addyi will harm your unborn baby.
  • are breastfeeding or plan to breastfeed. It is not known if Addyi passes into your breast milk.
  • You and your doctor should decide if you will take Addyi or breastfeed. You should not do both.

Tell your doctor about all of the medicines you take, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements. Addyi can affect the way other medicines work, and other medicines can affect the way Addyi works, and can cause serious side effects.

How should I take Addyi?

  • Take 1 Addyi tablet one time a day at bedtime
  • Take Addyi only at bedtime. Taking Addyi at a time other than bedtime can increase your risk of low blood pressure, fainting (loss of consciousness), accidental injury, and sleepiness.

What should I avoid while taking Addyi?

  • Do not drive, operate machinery, or do things that require clear thinking until at least 6 hours after you take Addyi and until you know how Addyi affects you.
  • Do not drink grapefruit juice if you take Addyi. Drinking grapefruit juice during your treatment with Addyi increases your risk of severe low blood pressure and fainting (loss of consciousness).

What are the possible side effects of Addyi?

Addyi can cause serious side effects, including:

  • Sleepiness is a common side effect of Addyi and can be serious. Taking Addyi can increase your risk of sleepiness if taken during waking hours, if you drink alcohol, or take certain medicines or herbal supplements.
  • Low blood pressure and fainting (loss of consciousness) can happen when you take Addyi even if you do not drink alcohol or take other medicines or herbal supplements. Your risk of low blood pressure and fainting (loss of consciousness) is increased if Addyi is taken during waking hours, if you drink alcohol, or if you take certain medicines or herbal supplements.

The most common side effects of Addyi include:

  • dizziness
  • nausea
  • tiredness
  • dry mouth
  • difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep

These are not all of the possible side effects of Addyi. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit www.fda.gov/medwatch or call 1-800-FDA-1088.

Click here for FULL PRESCRIBING INFORMATION, including BOXED WARNING regarding risk of severe low blood pressure and fainting, and Medication Guide for Addyi.

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References

1. Stephen M. Stahl Mechanism of action of flibanserin, a multifunctional serotonin agonist and antagonist (MSAA), in hypoactive sexual desire disorder. CNS Spectrums, Available on CJO 2015 doi:10.1017/S1092852914000832..