Medication and anorexia nervosa
Insufficient evidence – there either hasn’t been any research on this treatment option or there is a small amount of evidence with unclear conclusions.
You should not be offered medication as your only treatment for anorexia, although you might be prescribed medication for other health problems.
Occasionally if people are very anxious about gaining weight the eating disorder team might prescribe medication (often an antipsychotic medication called olanzapine) to help. This is not a treatment for anorexia by itself, but could help you to manage other types of treatment.
Treatments outlined on these webpages may not be available in every local area. It’s important that you discuss with your GP or mental health professional the treatment options available to you. You can also search for services near you on our Youth Wellbeing Directory and find out more about referral processes here.