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Nutr Clin Pract. 2010 Apr;25(2):143-59. doi: 10.1177/0884533610362239.

Pharmacotherapy of eating disorders.

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  • 1University of Alabama, Birmingham, AL 35294-0018, USA.


Eating disorders are complex, chronic disorders that are difficult to treat. In addition, the 2 primary eating disorders, anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa, may have acute, life-threatening consequences. Medication trials for eating disorders have been hampered by high dropout rates, high placebo response, short trial duration, insufficient doses, and difficult outcome measures. Only 1 medication has been FDA approved for any eating disorder to date, and that is for fluoxetine in the treatment of bulimia. Clearly, new large-scale, independent studies using novel agents, and studying the use of medications for both short- and long-term outcomes, are needed.

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