Two Antidepressants Effective for Binge-Eating Disorder
"Like all eating disorders, [binge eating] is a pesky problem which is extremely difficult to treat. I think talk therapy would always be the first choice for treating eating disorders," says Miller.
Alger-Mayer agrees that the idea of using SSRIs for binge eating is not new, but says that most of the data to date have focused on Prozac (fluoxetine), which is another SSRI. "This is great data to know. It's new information for these particular drugs," she says. Although she prescribes Prozac if a patient can tolerate it, Alger-Mayer would choose another SSRI if the patient has anxiety or there is another reason not to use it.