Safety and Tolerability of Evening Ethanol Consumption and Bedtime Administration of Flibanserin in Healthy Premenopausal Female Subjects.Sex Med 2019SM
Flibanserin, a treatment for hypoactive sexual desire disorder, carries warnings for increased risk of severe hypotension and syncope when used with alcohol. However, these warnings are not informed by studies that used flibanserin's recommended bedtime dosing because previous alcohol studies assessed flibanserin's safety during the day.
The aim of this study was to assess the effects of ethanol in a real-world context in premenopausal women taking flibanserin at bedtime.
In a randomized, placebo-controlled, double-blind study, 24 healthy premenopausal women (mean age = 34.5 ± 9.9 years; mean body mass index = 25.2 ± 3.4 kg/m2) were dosed with flibanserin or placebo for 3 days to achieve steady-state plasma levels. In a clinical research unit, subjects (n = 22) were provided 2 units of wine (150 mL/unit; 12% ethanol content) or a nonalcoholic beverage with a standardized 3-course evening meal. Flibanserin 100 mg or placebo was administered at bedtime 2.5 hours after the end of the evening meal. On a separate day, subjects were provided the alternative beverage (± alcohol) with the same evening meal and dosed with the same treatment (flibanserin or placebo) at bedtime. After a 5-day washout period, subjects crossed over to the other treatment arm and the protocol was repeated.
MAIN OUTCOME MEASURE
Adverse events (AEs) and vital signs were monitored.
In the absence of ethanol, headaches and hypotension were the only AEs that occurred in ≥2 subjects after flibanserin dosing (placebo corrected rates were 17.4% and 8.7%, respectively). After ethanol consumption, the rate of hypotension after flibanserin dosing was no greater than with flibanserin or placebo after nonalcoholic beverage consumption. There were no instances of orthostatic hypotension or syncope and no serious AEs or AEs leading to study discontinuation.
Flibanserin dosed at bedtime after moderate amounts of alcohol with an evening meal was well-tolerated with no evidence of clinically significant hypotension or syncope. Millheiser L, Clayton AH, Parish SJ, et al. Safety and Tolerability of Evening Ethanol Consumption and Bedtime Administration of Flibanserin in Healthy Premenopausal Female Subjects. Sex Med 2019;XX:XXX-XXX.