FDA Approves New Drug for Endometriosis Pain
In the studies, elagolix reduced the three most common types of endometriosis pain: daily menstrual pelvic pain, nonmenstrual pelvic pain, and pain with sex, AbbVie says.
The company says that elagolix can reduce bone mineral density. Loss of bone mineral density is greater the longer the drug is used and may not be completely reversible after stopping treatment.
The drug should be taken by mouth at roughly the same time each day, with or without food.
“Endometriosis is often characterized by chronic pelvic pain that can impact women’s daily activities,” Hugh Taylor, MD, study investigator from Yale University School of Medicine in New Haven, CT, says in the release. “Women with endometriosis may undergo multiple medical treatments and surgical procedures seeking pain relief, and this approval gives physicians another option for treatment based on a woman’s specific type and severity of endometriosis pain.”