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Use of atomoxetine in eating disorders. A case report

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  23 March 2020

R. Landera Rodríguez
Affiliation:
Hospital Universitario Marqués de Valdecilla, Psychiatry, Santander, Spain
M. Juncal Ruiz
Affiliation:
Hospital Universitario Marqués de Valdecilla, Psychiatry, Santander, Spain
L. Sánchez Blanco
Affiliation:
Hospital Universitario Marqués de Valdecilla, Psychiatry, Santander, Spain
G. Pardo de Santayana Jenaro
Affiliation:
Hospital Universitario Marqués de Valdecilla, Psychiatry, Santander, Spain
O. Porta Olivares
Affiliation:
Hospital Universitario Marqués de Valdecilla, Psychiatry, Santander, Spain
M. Gómez Revuelta
Affiliation:
Hospital Universitario Álava-Sede Santiago, Psychiatry, Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain
I. Madrazo del Río Hortega
Affiliation:
Hospital Universitario Marqués de Valdecilla, Psychiatry, Santander, Spain
M. Pérez Herrera
Affiliation:
Hospital Universitario Marqués de Valdecilla, Psychiatry, Santander, Spain
D. Abejas Díez
Affiliation:
Hospital Universitario Marqués de Valdecilla, Psychiatry, Santander, Spain
J. González Gomez
Affiliation:
Hospital Universitario Marqués de Valdecilla, Psychiatry, Santander, Spain

Abstract

Introduction

Eating disorders (EDs) are an important public health problem and not all patients respond adequately to psychotherapy. In the last decade, researchers report a significant comorbidity of EDs and attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), especially binge eating disorder and bulimia nervosa. Some studies postulate the hypothesis of a common neurobiological substrate, such as noradrenergic pathways among others.

Objectives

To revise the possible use of atomoxetine, a highly selective noradrenergic reuptake inhibitor, for the treatment of EDs.

Methods

We describe the effect of atomoxetine in a young woman with purging disorder and history of ADHD in childhood added to cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT).

Results

patient had selective/restrictive eating behaviours, daily purges and occasional binges for last five years. At age 14 she was diagnosed with ADHD by impulsivity/aggressiveness and poor school performance, but she did not take drugs and left medical consultations. She came to our specific unit of EDs in november-2015. Her BMI was 24.88 kg/m2. We initiated CBT and atomoxetine (80 mg/day). In this first year of treatment binges and purges have disappeared and exposure to new foods and body image have improved partially. We found clear improvement in mood, motivation and attention/concentration in relation with introduction of atomoxetine. These facts have positive impact on the clinical evolution. Her current BMI is 26.90 kg/m2.

Conclusions

Identify comorbid ADHD to assess the use of specific drugs for this disorder could be beneficial in the treatment and prognosis of EDs. However, more studies are needed to determine effectivenes, particularly of non-stimulant drugs.

Disclosure of interest

The authors have not supplied their declaration of competing interest.

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e-Poster Viewing: Eating Disorders
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Copyright © European Psychiatric Association 2017
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