US okays drug for painful sex

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Washington - The US Food and Drug Administration says it has approved a new drug for women who experience pain during sex because of menopause.

The daily pill is called Osphena and it is designed to treat symptoms of menopause that make vaginal tissue thinner and more fragile, causing pain during sexual intercourse.

Osphena is made by Japanese pharmaceutical company Shionogi, which has US operations in Florham Park, New Jersey.

Osphena acts like the female hormone estrogen and makes vaginal tissue thicker and less fragile.

Reuters reports that the drug's label includes a boxed warning, the most severe available, alerting patients to an increased risk of strokes and deep vein thrombosis. Common side effects include hot flashes, vaginal discharge, muscle spasms and excessive sweating. - Sapa-AP

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