Pharmacotherapy of the Eating Disorders

Susan L. McElroy, Anna I. Guerdjikova, Anne M. O’Melia, Nicole Mori and Paul E. Keck

in The Oxford Handbook of Eating Disorders

Published in print July 2010 | ISBN: 9780195373622
Published online September 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Library of Psychology

Pharmacotherapy of the Eating Disorders


Many persons with eating disorders (EDs) receive pharmacotherapy, but pharmacotherapy research for EDs has lagged behind that for other major mental disorders. In this chapter, we first provide a brief rationale for using medications in the treatment of EDs. We then review the data supporting the effectiveness of specific medications or medication classes in treating patients with anorexia nervosa (AN), bulimia nervosa, binge eating disorder (BED), and other potentially important EDs, such as night eating syndrome (NES) and sleep-related eating disorder (SRED). We conclude by summarizing these data and suggesting future areas for research in the pharmacotherapy of EDs.

Keywords: antidepressants; antiepileptic drugs; antipsychotics; eating disorders; mood stabilizers; pharmacotherapy

Article.  26012 words. 

Subjects: Psychology ; Clinical Psychology

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