Binge eating disorder

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What is binge eating disorder?

Binge eating episodes with a sense of lack of control. Binge eating usually does not include compensatory behaviors such as purging, fasting, misuse of laxatives and other medications, or excessive exercise that are characteristic of bulimia nervosa.

Common symptoms reported by people with binge eating disorder

Common symptoms
How bad it is
What people are taking for it

Reports may be affected by other conditions and/or medication side effects. We ask about general symptoms (anxious mood, depressed mood, fatigue, pain, and stress) regardless of condition.
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Treatments taken by people with binge eating disorder

Treatment name(s)
Type
How many have tried
Tried for
Treatment name(s)

(Vyvanse)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
10
Tried for
binge eating disorder (10)
Treatment name(s)

(Effexor XR)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
5
Tried for
depressed mood (5)
Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
4
Tried for
depressed mood (2) binge eating disorder (1)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Prozac)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
4
Treatment name(s)

(Xanax)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
3
Tried for
anxious mood (3)
Treatment name(s)

(Adderall)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
3
Tried for
fatigue (3) depressed mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
3
Tried for
anxious mood (3)
Type
Psychotherapy
How many have tried
3
Tried for
binge eating disorder (2) anxious mood (1)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Lexapro)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
3
Tried for
anxious mood (2) depressed mood (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
3
Tried for
anxious mood (2) pain (1)

Data from patients with binge eating disorder, who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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Compare treatments taken by people with binge eating disorder

Treatment name(s)
Perceived effectiveness
Side effects
Total evaluations
Tried for
Treatment name(s)

(Vyvanse)
Perceived effectiveness
for binge eating disorder (5 evaluations)
Side effects
decreased appetite fidgeting 1 more
Total evaluations
5
Tried for
binge eating disorder (10)
Treatment name(s)

(Effexor XR)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (5 evaluations)
Side effects
anxious mood apathy 15 more
Total evaluations
5
Tried for
depressed mood (5)
Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (1 evaluation)
Side effects
brain zaps
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
depressed mood (2) binge eating disorder (1)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Prozac)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (9 evaluations)
Side effects
agitation with irritability boredom 11 more
Total evaluations
9
Treatment name(s)

(Xanax)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (1 evaluation)
Side effects
drowsiness
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
anxious mood (3)
Treatment name(s)

(Adderall)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
No evaluations
Total evaluations
0
Tried for
fatigue (3) depressed mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (3 evaluations)
Side effects
Total evaluations
3
Tried for
anxious mood (3)
Perceived effectiveness
for binge eating disorder (1 evaluation)
Side effects
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
binge eating disorder (2) anxious mood (1)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Lexapro)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (2 evaluations)
Side effects
decreased sex drive (libido) lack of motivation 3 more
Total evaluations
3
Tried for
anxious mood (2) depressed mood (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
drowsiness
Total evaluations
2
Tried for
anxious mood (2) pain (1)
  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell
  • Severe
  • Moderate
  • Mild
  • None

Data from patients with binge eating disorder, who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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Who has binge eating disorder on PatientsLikeMe?


Age
Age Proportion # of patients
<20 6
20s 36
30s 50
40s 47
50s 29
60s 11
70+ 2
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 83
20-29 years 11
30-39 years 7
40-49 years 4
50-59 years 2
60-69 years 1
70+ years 0

Distribution of sex

Sex
Sex Proportion # of patients
Male 22
Female 156

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 77
Not Diagnosed 59

These charts show data from binge eating disorder patients who have completed their condition history
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