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Expert Opin Investig Drugs. 2004 Apr;13(4):349-57.

Selective serotonin re-uptake inhibitors in anorexia nervosa.

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Department of Psychiatry, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, India.


Anorexia nervosa (AN), one of the major eating disorders, is a primarily psychiatric illness affecting a number of adolescents and young adults. AN usually runs a chronic course and is associated with significant morbidity and mortality. Drug therapy has modest success in its treatment. Various pharmacotherapeutic agents are being tested, with variable success. Selective serotonin re-uptake inhibitors are the one class of drug that has been found to be effective in AN, especially in preventing relapse. This article provides an overview of the current literature on the role of selective serotonin re-uptake inhibitors in the treatment of AN.

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