It has long been established that female sexual desire, like that of the male, declines with age. But it’s not the oldies alone who display a lack in libido; many younger men and women are identified with a decline in sexual interest as well. While female sexual disorders are as prevalent, there is somewhat limited understanding of their nature, classification, and pathophysiology. Not surprisingly, there are even fewer treatment options for women’s sexual woes.
The advent of Viagra for erectile dysfunction in men was life changing, which begs the question of whether the revolutionary drug’s benefit can be extended to women. But, is it safe for a woman to take Viagra?
The short answer is: no one knows for sure.
Viagra use in women has not been properly studied, so much so that the FDA has not granted approval for using Viagra on female patients. It is unlikely that your doctor will prescribe the medication, though there are some medical profe ...
Voltaren gel (generic name: diclofenac gel 1%) is a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) that is used to treat joint pain caused by osteoarthritis (OA) of the hands, wrists, elbows, knees, ankles, or feet. It is the first prescription topical gel approved to treat joint pain secondary to OA.
FDA Approval and Indications
Novartis was granted regulatory approval by the US Food and Drug Administration for Voltaren gel—the first topical treatment that patients can apply directly to their skin to relieve pain associated with osteoarthritis. As per FDA guidelines, it is only approved for “relief of the pain of osteoarthritis of joints amenable to topical treatment.” That statement elucidates that Voltaren gel may not work in areas covered with thick muscle, but that does not stop physicians from prescribing the drug to be used in areas other than the approved indications. Though it’s not illegal to use a drug off-label, medical providers should discus ...