3 Medications for Treating a Binge Eating Disorder

There are many routes you can take when seeking help for a binge eating disorder.  Some help deal with the psychological aspects, some with the physical side and others with the biochemical.  There are a wide range of eating disorders that people suffer from and every case is unique to that individual. So, it is vital that if you are suffering from any kind of binge eating disorder, you seek professional medical help to make sure you receive the appropriate treatment for yourself.  

The following are some medications that a therapist or doctor might recommend to help with eating disorders, and should only be used after being prescribed by a professional:

1. Anti-Depressants

One of the primary triggers in a binge eating disorder seems to be depression. Paxil, Celexa and Zoloft are 3 of the more commonly prescribed anti-depressants for those suffering with a binge eating disorder. If a sufferer begins to feel better about herself and her life, it is the building block to getting her disorder under control.  

As with any drug, there is a possibility of certain side effects that may include loss of appetite, as well as fever, aches and pains, and memory problems.

2. Meridia

Meridia is the brand name for the drug sibutramine, which is used primarily as an anti-obesity medication, and has been for a number of years.  It has proven to be effective in suppressing the appetite and making the user feel full, which has been very effective in helping control binge eating episodes as well as reducing weight in obese sufferers.  Although again, some people have reported experiencing side effects such as dizziness, constipation, and in some cases, a change in blood pressure.

3. Topamax

This is a medication that is used first and foremost as an anticonvulsant drug to help control seizures in those suffering from epilepsy. It is also used by migraine sufferers to control their episodes. It is also prescribed to help with binge eating disorders, as it is effective in reducing the cravings for food and alcohol, as well as helping users to lose weight.  

This is a very potent drug and although it has been reported to reduce binge eating tendencies in many users, it has a lot of potentially dangerous side effects, such a suicidal tendencies and problems with vision and memory.

It is a fact that if you seek professional help for your binge eating disorder, you will be among the 80% of your peers who make a substantial or complete recovery from your illness. It is also worth remembering that in a lot of cases, medication is not required, and psychotherapy is use much more effectively. In any case, making that first step by speaking to a health professional is the most important one on the road to recovery – you are not alone.


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