What is the role of atypical antipsychotics 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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The atypical antipsychotics (eg, olanzapine, quetiapine, risperidone) have shown some benefit in the treatment of anorexia nervosa. This is thought likely to be from their effects on depression, anxiety, and core eating disordered psychopathology. However, there are significant safety concerns surrounding these drugs due to the high likelihood of cardiac conduction abnormalities in patients with anorexia. [132, 135]


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