Investigational drugs for eating disorders

Scott J Crow, Eric Brown

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The eating disorders anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa and binge eating disorder are common, significant public health problems which are treated with nutritional, psychotherapeutic and pharmacological interventions. A number of drugs (mostly antidepressant drugs) are currently used in their treatment to some benefit, but there is substantial room for improvement. A wide variety of compounds are listed as under investigation for the treatment of eating disorders. They have a diverse variety of mechanisms of action, reflecting the complex nature of the control of food intake. While none of these compounds are close to release at present, the diversity of mechanisms under study lend some optimism that more effective approaches will be identified.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)491-499
Number of pages9
JournalExpert Opinion on Investigational Drugs
Issue number3
StatePublished - Mar 1 2003


  • Anorexia nervosa
  • Binge eating disorder
  • Bulimia nervosa
  • Eating disorder
  • Serotonin

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