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Anorexia nervosa in adults: Pharmacotherapy

B Timothy Walsh, MD
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Joel Yager, MD
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David Solomon, MD


Standard treatment for anorexia nervosa consists of nutritional rehabilitation and psychotherapy, and is sometimes augmented with pharmacotherapy [1]. However, there is little evidence supporting the use of medications [1-5]. A few randomized trials suggest that adjunctive antipsychotics may possibly enhance weight gain [6], but other psychotropic drugs have demonstrated little or no benefit in accelerating weight gain or relieving psychological symptoms [1-4].

Psychotropic pharmacotherapy for anorexia nervosa is reviewed here. The clinical manifestations, diagnosis, other treatments and outcome, and medical complications of anorexia nervosa and their management are discussed separately.

(See "Anorexia nervosa in adults: Clinical features, course of illness, assessment, and diagnosis".)

(See "Eating disorders: Overview of prevention and treatment".)

(See "Anorexia nervosa in adults and adolescents: Medical complications and their management".)

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