Which medications are used in the treatment of anorexia nervosa?

Updated: Jun 10, 2019
  • Author: Bettina E Bernstein, DO; Chief Editor: Caroly Pataki, MD  more...
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Acute pharmacologic treatment of anorexia nervosa is rarely required. However, vitamin supplementation with calcium should be started in patients, and although estrogen has no established effect on bone density in patients with anorexia nervosa, estrogen replacement (ie, oral contraceptives) has been recommended for the treatment of osteopenia; the benefits and minimal effective dose of the hormone are being explored. [106]


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