Binge and Purge Treatment
The treatment for bulimia focuses on restoring emotional health and changing behavior. The illness can be very difficult to treat, and symptoms may come and go. Those with severe weight loss caused by bulimia require treatment in a hospital for nutritional therapy. Treatment includes mental health counseling, family therapy, support groups, and ongoing nutritional therapy. In most cases, treatment with antidepressant medications is helpful.
The goals of bulimia treatment include:
- Avoidance of binge eating and purging
- Encourage and motivate patient to participate in treatment
- Education for healthy nutrition and eating patterns
- Enlist family support
- Address and change any underlying dysfunctional thoughts regarding attitudes, motives, and feelings related to bulimia
Treatment for bulimia may include:
- Mental health counseling for bulimia:
- Support group for bulimia
- Medications for bulimia:
- Fluoxetine (Prozac)
- Sertraline (Zoloft)
- Fluvoxamine (Luvox)
- Citalopram (Celexa)
- Imipramine (Tofranil)
- Topiramate (Topamax)
- Nutritional counseling for bulimia:
- Diet journal for bulimia
Binge and Purge Questions For Doctor
The following are some important questions to ask before and after the treatment of bulimia.
Questions to ask before treatment:
- What are my treatment options?
- What are the risks associated with treatment?
- What are the complications I should watch for?
- How long will I be on medication?
- What are the potential side effects of my medication?
- Does my medication interact with nonprescription medicines or supplements?
- Should I take my medication with food?
Questions to ask after treatment:
- Do I need to change my diet?
- Are there any medications or supplements I should avoid?
- When can I resume my normal activities?
- When can I return to work?
- What else can I do to reduce my risk for an eating disorder?
- How often will I need to see my doctor for checkups?
- What local support and other resources are available?
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