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Keywords:

  • bulimia nervosa;
  • zonisamide;
  • antiepileptic;
  • eating disorder

ABSTRACT

Objective

To assess preliminarily the effectiveness of zonisamide in bulimia nervosa.

Method

This was an open-label, prospective, 12-week, flexible dose study of zonisamide in bulimia nervosa. The primary outcome was binge-purge episode frequency.

Results

Twelve individuals received zonisamide, 10 completed at least one post-baseline evaluation, and six completed the study. Mean dose at endpoint was 420 (SD = 215) mg/day. Zonisamide was associated with significant reductions in frequency of binge-purge episodes and binge-purge days as well as measures of binge eating behavior, purging behavior, clinical severity, obsessive-compulsive features, and depressive symptoms. Weight was unchanged.

Discussion

In this open-label trial, zonisamide was effective in bulimia nervosa, but associated with a high discontinuation rate. © 2013 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. (Int J Eat Disord 2013; 46:747–750)