Prozac and Anorexia - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

6/13/06

Prozac and Anorexia

Anorexia is a psychiatric illness that convinces patients they're fat even while they are starving themselves down to nothing. Scientists have been looking for a magic pill to help patients see themselves as they really are

Now the results are in from a study that focused on a widely used anti-depressant, Prozac sold under the name Fluoxetine to see if it is, in fact, successful in treating anorexia.

"Everybody who got discharged got some good psychological treatment and half of them also got Fluoxetine and half of them got placebo and we followed them for a year and watched to see and hoped that they would stay well," said Dr. Timothy Walsh of  Columbia University.

The study results are in the Journal of the American Medical Association. Researchers found that after all these patients gained the weight they needed. There was no difference between the rate of relapse whether they were taking Prozac or not.

However, they did find something that does make a big difference. And that's good therapy. which is what the National Institutes of Health recommends for all anorexia patients.

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