Recent analysis on binge eating disorders has been conducted in order to detect an effective treatment. Medical experts provided patients with lisdexamfetamine dimesylate in order to diminish people’s appetite. This medication for eating disorders has shown promising results.
Ohio’s Research Institute at Lindner Center of HOPE planned an analysis in order to treat eating disorders. The binge disorder is a psychological one, which makes people eat uncontrollably huge amounts of food. There is usually no sign of stopping until their stomach cannot ingest anymore. No matter the hour, people with this disorder eat whatever they find until their brain receives the stomach’s command “System overload”.
The study was taken on patients suffering from moderate to severe binge disorder. They were given different dosages of lisdexamfetamine dimesylate. This pill is usually given in treating hyperactivity disorder or people who have attention-deficit.
The treatment was daily and patients only had to take one pill. Each pill contained a certain amount of the active substance except for the placebo. The study lasted for 3 weeks. However patients had to keep taking the pill the next 8 weeks as well.
The different dosages produced different results. The higher dosage of 70 mg per day show results after 11 weeks while lower dosages of 30 mg per day or placebo did not have any effect at all. The results showed that 50 or 70 mg of lisdexamfetamine dimesylate per day generated in binge cessation. About 50 percent of the people taking the higher dosage and 42 percent who took 50 mg showed demonstrated to have given up the disorder.
As any other treatment there were adverse effects. Some complained about experiencing adverse effects. About 1.5 percent of the people experienced them while 3.1 percent left the study because of its adverse effects.
Even though weight loss was not an aim at the beginning of the study, some of the patients observed weight loss. It is obvious that since the eating disorder diminished, patients did not felt the urge to eat so much so the metabolism had time to process the food.
Researchers conclude that these results show enough evidence that lisdexamfetamine dimesylate works. It did not produce any harm to the body and had little adverse effects. It has also proven that it affects the neurotransmitters in a positive extent in which abnormal eating impulses don’t occur anymore. Their findings have been released in “JAMA Psychiatry”.
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