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Pharmacological management of binge eating disorder: current and emerging treatment options

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Author(s): McElroy SL | Guerdjikova AI | Mori N | O’Melia AM

Journal: Therapeutics and Clinical Risk Management
ISSN 1176-6336

Volume: 2012;
Issue: default;
Start page: 219;
Date: 2012;
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ABSTRACT
Susan L McElroy, Anna I Guerdjikova, Nicole Mori, Anne M O'MeliaLindner Center of HOPE, Mason, and Department of Psychiatry, University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, Cincinnati, OH, USAAbstract: Growing evidence suggests that pharmacotherapy may be beneficial for some patients with binge eating disorder (BED), an eating disorder characterized by repetitive episodes of uncontrollable consumption of abnormally large amounts of food without inappropriate weight loss behaviors. In this paper, we provide a brief overview of BED and review the rationales and data supporting the effectiveness of specific medications or medication classes in treating patients with BED. We conclude by summarizing these data, discussing the role of pharmacotherapy in the BED treatment armamentarium, and suggesting future areas for research.Keywords: binge eating disorder, pharmacotherapy, medication management
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