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

Authors
  • Miyaoka, Tsuyoshi
  • Yasukawa, Rei
  • Tsubouchi, Ken
  • Miura, Seiji
  • Shimizu, Yoshiko
  • Sukegawa, Tsuruhei
  • Maeda, Takahiro
  • Mizuno, Shoichi
  • Kameda, Atsuko
  • Uegaki, Jun
  • Inagaki, Takuji
  • Horiguchi, Jun
Type
Published Article
Journal
International clinical psychopharmacology
Publication Date
May 01, 2003
Volume
18
Issue
3
Pages
175–177
Identifiers
PMID: 12702899
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

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.

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