What is the role of antidepressive medications 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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Antidepressive and neuroleptic agents, although not reported to be effective, have a limited use in patients who have adequate nutrition and mood changes associated with anorexia nervosa. Prolongation of the QT interval is a contraindication to tricyclic antidepressants because a prolonged QT may increase the risk of ventricular tachycardia and death.


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