Bulimia nervosa

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What is bulimia nervosa?

Bulimia nervosa is an eating disorder characterized by recurrent binge eating, followed by compensatory behaviors. The most common form is self-induced vomiting, sometimes called purging; the use of laxatives, enemas, diuretics, and over exercising are also common.

Common symptoms reported by people with bulimia nervosa

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 bulimia nervosa

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

(Klonopin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
4
Tried for
anxious mood (4)
Treatment name(s)

(Prozac)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
4
Tried for
bulimia nervosa (2) depressed mood (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Inderal)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
4
Tried for
anxious mood (4)
Treatment name(s)

(Adderall)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
2
Tried for
fatigue (2)
Type
Psychotherapy
How many have tried
2
Tried for
bulimia nervosa (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Lexapro)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
2
Tried for
depressed mood (2) anxious mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Norco)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
2
Tried for
pain (2)
Treatment name(s)

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

(Talk therapy)
Type
Psychotherapy
How many have tried
2
Tried for
bulimia nervosa (2) anxious mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Ritalin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
2
Tried for
bulimia nervosa (1) fatigue (1)

Data from patients with bulimia nervosa, who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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Compare treatments taken by people with bulimia nervosa

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

(Klonopin)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (1 evaluation)
Side effects
drooling especially at night
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
anxious mood (4)
Treatment name(s)

(Prozac)
Perceived effectiveness
for bulimia nervosa (1 evaluation)
Side effects
headaches
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
bulimia nervosa (2) depressed mood (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Inderal)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (2 evaluations)
Side effects
sinus bradycardia
Total evaluations
2
Tried for
anxious mood (4)
Treatment name(s)

(Adderall)
Perceived effectiveness
for fatigue (1 evaluation)
Side effects
headaches insomnia
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
fatigue (2)
Perceived effectiveness
for bulimia nervosa (3 evaluations)
Side effects
depressed mood
Total evaluations
3
Tried for
bulimia nervosa (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Lexapro)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
No evaluations
Total evaluations
0
Tried for
depressed mood (2) anxious mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Norco)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (1 evaluation)
Side effects
constipation
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
pain (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Vistaril)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (1 evaluation)
Side effects
excessive daytime sleepiness (somnolence)
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
anxious mood (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Talk therapy)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
No evaluations
Total evaluations
0
Tried for
bulimia nervosa (2) anxious mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Ritalin)
Perceived effectiveness
for bulimia nervosa (1 evaluation)
Side effects
wakeful feeling (tired but not sleepy)
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
bulimia nervosa (1) fatigue (1)
  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell
  • Severe
  • Moderate
  • Mild
  • None

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


Age
Age Proportion # of patients
<20 14
20s 101
30s 68
40s 36
50s 20
60s 9
70+ 0
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 128
20-29 years 23
30-39 years 8
40-49 years 0
50-59 years 0
60-69 years 0
70+ years 0

Distribution of sex

Sex
Sex Proportion # of patients
Male 20
Female 230

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 138
Not Diagnosed 60

These charts show data from bulimia nervosa patients who have completed their condition history
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