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Bulimia Nervosa - Medications

Medicines such as antidepressants may reduce the frequency of the binge-purge episodes of bulimia. They may also be used to treat other mental health problems, such as depression, that often occur along with bulimia. And you may need antacids to decrease stomach acid or bulk laxatives such as Citrucel to replace the overuse of more harsh laxatives.

Medication choices

Antidepressant medicines are used to reduce the frequency of binge-purge cycles and treat any related depression or anxiety.

What to think about

Sometimes several antidepressant medicines are tried before finding the one that works best. Treatment with medicines is more effective when combined with psychological counseling, which includes nutritional counseling.5

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Last Updated: August 25, 2011
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