Our expert says:
According to my copy of MIMS, fluoxetine is used to treat bulimia (60 mg/day) associated with depression and obsessive compulsive disorder. Fluvoxamine is a related medication also used for depression and obsessive compulsive disorders, which can include bine eating. Both these medications are Schedule 5 drugs which means they can only be prescribed by a medical doctor. If you or anyone you know suffers from binge eating then it is important to understand that the treatment requires a team approach. Please consult a clinical psychologist (they are listed in the Yellow Pages under 'Psychologists' or you can ask your gp to refer you), to help you work out what underlying psychological problems are driving you to self-destruct and to learn most positive ways of dealing with these problems. You should also consult a clinical dietitian to assist you to get back to eating normally again. Visit the Association for Dietetics in SA Website at: www.adsa.org.za and click on "Find a Dietitian" to find a dietitian in your area. If you are in Gauteng then it may help to contact Tara Hospital as they have an Eating Disorder clinic (phone (011) 783-2010. In Cape Town and environs you can contact the Kenilworth Clinic (021) 797-1400 and in KwaZulu Natal there is Riverview Manor (033) 701-1911, or contact them on: www.riverviewmanor.co.za
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