Pharmacological treatment of anorexia nervosa: A retrospective study in preadolescents and adolescents

G. Rossi, U. Balottin, M. Rossi, M. Chiappedi, E. Fazzi, G. Lanzi

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Abstract

To date, studies addressing the role of pharmacotherapy in the treatment of anorexia nervosa are limited, especially in childhood and adolescence. The aim of this retrospective naturalistic study was to evaluate the efficacy and safety of pharmacotherapy in 19 anorexic preadolescents and adolescents referred, for the first time, to a specialist psychiatry unit. Almost all the patients showed an improvement both in their eating behaviors, and in their mood and obsessive symptoms. No evidence was found of dangerous adverse events. Combined with a multidisciplinary approach that includes nutritional rehabilitation and psychotherapy, adjunctive pharmacotherapy may be useful in addressing both eating disorder psychopathology and comorbid psychiatric disorders.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)806-811
Number of pages6
JournalClinical Pediatrics
Volume46
Issue number9
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2007

Keywords

  • Adolescence
  • Anorexia nervosa
  • Pharmacotherapy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health

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