A clinician's guide to the eating disorders medicine cabinet

J. E. Mitchell, Claire Pomeroy, M. Huber

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The majority of patients with bulimia report a history of having used over-the-counter drugs for purposes of weight control. Diet pills are quite commonly used, but usually at low dosages. Laxative abuse is also relatively common and poses significant risks in terms of fluid and electrolyte abnormalities, gastrointestinal bleeding and other systemic effects. Diuretic abuse and use of ipecac are less common but are also associated with serious health consequences. Ipecac is of particular concern because of the risk of cardiomyopathy.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)211-223
Number of pages13
JournalInternational Journal of Eating Disorders
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1988
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Food Science
  • Medicine (miscellaneous)
  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Psychology(all)
  • Clinical Psychology


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