Successful treatment of nocturnal eating/drinking syndrome with selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors.

Nocturnal eating/drinking disorder (NE/DS) is a rare syndrome that includes disorders of both eating and sleeping. It is characterized by awakening in the middle of the night, getting out of bed, and consuming large quantities of food quickly and uncontrollably, then returning to sleep. This may occur several times during the night. Some patients are fully conscious during their nocturnal eating, while some report total amnesia. The aetiology of NE/DS is still unclear, and there is no satisfactory treatment. Four patients with NE/DS are described. Treatment with a selective seroronin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) was effective in controlling their episodes of nocturnal eating. To our knowledge, this is the first published case report of successful treatment with SSRIs in NE/DS.
AuthorsTsuyoshi Miyaoka, Rei Yasukawa, Ken Tsubouchi, Seiji Miura, Yoshiko Shimizu, Tsuruhei Sukegawa, Takahiro Maeda, Shoichi Mizuno, Atsuko Kameda, Jun Uegaki, Takuji Inagaki, Jun Horiguchi
JournalInternational clinical psychopharmacology (Int Clin Psychopharmacol) Vol. 18 Issue 3 Pg. 175-7 (May 2003) ISSN: 0268-1315 [Print] England
PMID12702899 (Publication Type: Case Reports, Journal Article)
Chemical References
  • Serotonin Uptake Inhibitors
  • Adult
  • Feeding and Eating Disorders (complications, etiology)
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Serotonin Uptake Inhibitors (pharmacology)
  • Sleep Wake Disorders (complications, etiology)
  • Syndrome
  • Treatment Outcome

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