Fluvoxamine and graded psychotherapy in the treatment of bulimia nervosa - A randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled, multicenter study of short-term and long-term pharmacotherapy combined with a stepped care approach to psychotherapy

ArticleinJournal of Clinical Psychopharmacology 24(5):549-52 · November 2004with5 Reads
Impact Factor: 3.24 · DOI: 10.1097/01.jcp.0000138776.32891.3e · Source: PubMed

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  • [Show abstract] [Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: My original article on bulimia nervosa appeared in the August 1979 issue of Psychological Medicine. It is timely to examine whether the description of this new disorder and the formulated diagnostic criteria have stood the test of time. A similar question is whether it was right to describe the new syndrome as an ominous variant of anorexia nervosa. The answers to these questions should really be given by other investigators. My own view is that the main clinical description and the diagnostic criteria of bulimia nervosa have proved reasonably robust, as has its close relationship to anorexia nervosa. On the other hand, my view about the ominous nature of bulimia nervosa was unduly pessimistic. The original description of bulimia nervosa had a significant impact on the clinical and scientific literature, which showed an accelerated growth during the 1980s, largely due to articles on bulimia and bulimia nervosa. The historical question ‘Is bulimia nervosa a new disorder?’ has hitherto been neglected. The evidence for answering this question in the affirmative is very strong and is derived from searches of the older psychiatric literature as well as more recent cohort studies which throw light on when the new syndrome burst from the blue upon modern society. Copyright © 2004 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd and Eating Disorders Association.
    No preview · Article · May 2004 · European Eating Disorders Review
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  • [Show abstract] [Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Background:The extent of psychotropic medication use in patients with eating disorders worldwide is unknown.Objectives:The purposes of this study were to: (1) describe the extent and pattern of psychotropic medication use at a private treatment facility for patients with eating disorders and (2) describe patient characteristics and treatment outcomes at the facility.Methods:This retrospective chart review included data from a private treatment facility (inpatient or outpatient) for patients with eating disorders in the greater Los Angeles area. Data from all patients of any age who attended the facility between January 1, 2004, and January 1, 2005, and who met the criteria for anorexia nervosa (AN), bulimia nervosa (BN), or eating disorder not otherwise specified (ED NOS) defined in the American Psychiatric Association's Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fourth Edition, Text Revision were included. Two investigators used a consistent chart-review method for recording clinical status, including treatment-related adverse effects and discharge status (improved, no change, or decompensated from admission). Improved was defined as meeting 1 or more of the following criteria: achieved ideal body weight, stabilized mood, decreased eating disorder symptoms (binge-purge, restrictive, or ritualistic behavior), eating disorder remission, or decreased suicidal ideation plus another improvement in this list.Results:Data from 60 patients were included (31 with AN, 28 with 13N, and I with ED NOS). Ages ranged from 12 to 47 years, and the mean duration of treatment was 35 days. Fifty-eight (96.7%) patients received a psychotropic agent; 35 (58.3%) patients were prescribed 2 or more agents concomitantly. Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRls) were the most commonly prescribed class of psychotropic medication (86.7%), followed by antipsychotics (38.3%). Fluoxetine, escitalopram, and aripiprazole were the most commonly prescribed agents (41.7%, 28.3%, and 23.3%, respectively). A total of 63.3% of patients had a comorbid diagnosis of major depressive disorder, with 96.7% of these patients prescribed an antidepressant. At discharge, 51.6% of the inpatients and 37.9% of the outpatients had improved (AN, 52.6% and 33.3%, respectively; BN, 54.5% and 41.2%, respectively). Of the patients prescribed an SSRI, 40.4% had improved. In the inpatient setting, 35.5% of patients receiving an antipsychotic had improved, versus 6.9% in the outpatient setting.Conclusions:The results of this retrospective chart review and descriptive analysis of data from patients at a private eating disorders treatment facility in the United States suggest that psychotropics, particularly antidepressants and antipsychotics, were highly utilized, largely to treat comorbid symptoms. Fluoxetine, escitalopram, and aripiprazole were the most commonly prescribed agents. We observed that psychotropic medication selection was based on patient comorbidities and symptom expression and severity.
    Preview · Article · Nov 2005 · Current Therapeutic Research
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  • [Show abstract] [Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Fluvoxamine is the selective serotonin re-uptake inhibitor with the largest database in the treatment of obsessive-compulsive disorder, a severe, and often chronic, anxiety disorder associated with substantial impairment in functioning. The selective serotonin re-uptake inhibitors represent a first-line treatment in patients with obsessive-compulsive disorder. These agents work primarily by blocking the re-uptake of serotonin into the presynaptic nerve terminal, which is believed to be mediated by their effects on the serotonin transport system. In the last two decades, the anti-obsessional effect of fluvoxamine has been tested in several double-blind, placebo-controlled and active-comparison studies, demonstrating its superior efficacy over obsessions and compulsions compared with non-serotonergic antidepressants (i.e., desipramine) and equal efficacy to clomipramine (a tricyclic antidepressant with potent serotonin re-uptake inhibition) and other selective serotonin re-uptake inhibitors (paroxetine and citalopram). However, compared with clomipramine, the selective serotonin re-uptake inhibitor fluvoxamine showed fewer side effects and better tolerability. This reflects the poor affinity of this compound for adrenergic, muscarinic, cholinergic or histaminergic receptors.
    No preview · Article · Jan 2006 · Expert Opinion on Pharmacotherapy
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