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(PSYCHIATRIC TIMES) - NEW YORK, June 13 ? Prozac (fluoxetine) does not prevent relapse in anorexia nervosa, according to researchers in two cities.

A two-site, randomized, placebo-controlled trial of nearly 100 patients who had passed through the acute phase of the disease and were attempting to avoid relapse, showed no significant differences between Prozac and placebo, found Timothy Walsh, M.D., of the New York State Psychiatric Institute at Columbia.

"The common practice of prescribing antidepressant medication is unlikely to provide substantial benefit for most patients with anorexia nervosa," Dr. Walsh and colleagues in Toronto concluded in the June 14 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.

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