Bulimia Nervosa (cont.)
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Medicines such as antidepressants may reduce the frequency of the binge-purge episodes of bulimia. They may also be used to treat other mental health problems, such as depression, that often occur along with bulimia. And you may need antacids to decrease stomach acid or bulk laxatives such as Citrucel to replace the overuse of more harsh laxatives.
Antidepressant medicines are used to reduce the frequency of binge-purge cycles and treat any related depression or anxiety.
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Sometimes several antidepressant medicines are tried before finding the one that works best. Treatment with medicines is more effective when combined with psychological counseling, which includes nutritional counseling.5
There is no surgical treatment for bulimia.
Several types of counseling may be useful in treating eating disorders. The two most proven types are:
Other therapies that may be helpful include:
Organized programs that provide self-help materials, such as manuals or computer-based activities, may be useful in treating eating disorders. But most people who have an eating disorder also need counseling and possibly medicine.
Although it isn't part of the treatment of bulimia, relieving stress can help during recovery. Techniques for managing stress include:
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