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Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Vyvanse Approved for Binge-Eating

Drugs which promise to cause weight loss have long been desired, the problem is that historically such drugs have caused more harm than good. Everyone wants to be fitter, happier, and more productive. Some are willing to go to extraordinary lengths to achieve that goal. But, what many women found with the drug Fenfluramine/phentermine “Fen-Phen,” while the drug succeeded at helping women lose weight; the drug was accompanied by potentially fatal health problems and dependence.

Amphetamine drugs, which have long been used to treat people with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), are known to suppress one’s appetite - a side effect which is appealing to those who would like to lose weight. It comes as little surprise that drug manufacturers who make amphetamines would like to exploit that market. The drug company Shire, the makers of Vyvanse (Lisdexamfetamine), has begun aggressively marketing their drug as a treatment for binge-eating, The New York Times reports.

Vyvanse is an FDA approved drug for the treatment of ADHD, but was recently approved for marketing as a treatment for binge-eating disorder. It is not hard to see that using amphetamine based drugs for appetite suppression is a slippery slope, and the drug will appeal to people who just want to lose weight. It is clear that Shire also sees the value of that market, considering they hired retired tennis player Monica Seles as a paid spokeswoman for the company and she is actively on a media tour to promote the drug, according to the article.

“Once a pharmaceutical company gets permission to advertise for it, it can often become quite widely prescribed, and even tend to be overprescribed, and that’s a worry,” said Dr. B. Timothy Walsh, professor of psychiatry at the New York State Psychiatric Institute at Columbia University. He points out that using “talk treatment” therapy for binge-eating disorders has been more widely studied.

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