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November 2016

DHEA Product FDA Approved for Postmenopausal Sexual Pain

Dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA) is the latest example of a product, once available only as a dietary supplement, becoming a mainstream drug. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has just approved a new DHEA product called Intrarosa (prasterone) for treating moderate-to-severe dyspareunia, in postmenopausal women.

The drug, a once-daily vaginal insert, was evaluated in two 12-week clinical trials including 406 healthy postmenopausal women. When compared to placebo, Intrarosa was shown to reduce pain during sexual intercourse. This is the first product containing DHEA to be FDA approved.

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