Pharmacologic Treatment of Eating Disorders

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Abstract

Medications are a useful adjunct to nutritional and psychotherapeutic treatments for eating disorders. Antidepressants are commonly used to treat bulimia nervosa; high-dose fluoxetine is a standard approach, but many other antidepressants can be used. Binge eating disorder can be treated with antidepressants, with medications that diminish appetite, or with lisdexamfetamine. Anorexia nervosa does not generally respond to medications, although recent evidence supports modest weight restoration benefits from olanzapine.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)253-262
Number of pages10
JournalPsychiatric Clinics of North America
Volume42
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 2019

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Keywords

  • Anorexia nervosa
  • Binge eating disorder
  • Bulimia nervosa
  • Eating disorders
  • Fluoxetine
  • Medication

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