Public Health

FDA Approves Lisdexamfetamine dimesylate (Vyvanse) for Binge Eating Disorder

The FDA has expanded the range of approved uses of Vyvanse (lisdexamfetamine dimesylate) for control of binge-eating disorder in adults. According to the media release from the FDA:

In binge-eating disorder, patients have recurrent episodes of compulsive overeating during which they consume larger amounts of food than normal and experience the sense that they lack control. Patients with this condition eat when they are not hungry and often eat to the point of being uncomfortably full. Patients may feel ashamed and embarrassed by how much they are eating, which can result in social isolation. Binge-eating disorder may lead to weight gain and to health problems related to obesity.

The efficacy of Vyvanse in treating binge-eating disorder was shown in two clinical studies that included 724 adults with moderate-to-severe binge-eating disorder. In the studies, participants taking Vyvanse experienced a decrease in the number of binge eating days per week and had fewer obsessive-compulsive binge eating behaviors compared to those on the inactive pill (placebo).

This drug, however, is not recommended for weight loss.

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