When you meet with a psychiatrist during your initial therapy sessions, its possible that you'll be offered medication as part of your treatment. Drug therapy for eating disorders began many years ago when doctors discovered that some medicines originally used to treat other diseases helped alleviate some of the more obvious symptoms of anorexia and bulimia. These drugs also had a beneficial effect on the anxiety, panic, compulsions, and obsessions that are characteristic of eating-disordered thinking and behaving. Several drugs are used today, and new ones are added when the FDA deems them safe. Consequently, doctors are continuously updating their knowledge about how these medications can maximize symptom relief with a minimum of uncomfortable side effects.
The basic categories of these medications are:
• TricycBcanHdepressants—inventedinthe 1960s, formerlyused to treat depression, but found to have serious side effects. Today, they have been largely replaced by serotonin reuptake inhibitors.
•MonoamineOxuiase(AIAO)IniiiM —anotherdassofantidepres-sants that combat serious depression but can have life-threatening side effects if taken in combination with other drugs or certain foods.
Was this article helpful?