Binge eating disorder occurs when a person eats abnormally large quantities of food at a rapid pace. In advanced cases, the episodes may occur as frequently as once every two hours. The disorder causes weight gain in most patients, but some patients may suffer from the disorder and maintain a normal weight.
The symptoms of binge eating disorder include uncontrolled eating, eating in hiding, eating when alone, and eating due to depression. People with the disorder feel disgusted, frustrated, angry, or guilty after the binge eating episode. Several drug treatments help binge eating disorder, including:
- Fluoxetine relieves depression and controls mood swings and panic attacks. It also helps the patient control the urge to indulge in binge eating. Headache, nausea, vomiting, and muscle cramps are a few of the many side effects of the medication.
- Sertraline is an antidepressant belonging to the selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors category. This drug controls the brain chemical serotonin and aids in proper brain functioning. Sertraline helps control stress and reduces muscle strain. The antidepressant helps soothe the binge eater and reduces binge eating episodes.
- Topiramate is an anticonvulsant medication that prevents excessive electric energy in the brain and helps control hyperactivity.
- Sibutramine aids in weight loss by helping the body burn extra fat.
- Paroxetine is a medication used to reduce stress. This drug helps soothe the brain while reducing and relieving stress. Paroxetine can also be used to reduce symptoms of depression and anxiety.
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