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How is Tofranil used to treat eating disorders?

The antidepressant Tofranil (imipramine) is occasionally used to treat eating disorders that involve bingeing, such as bulimia. Some research suggests the medication can reduce the frequency of binges while easing symptoms of depression, which often accompany eating disorders.

Treating eating disorders is an off-label use of Tofranil. Off-label use is a common, legal practice that allows doctors to prescribe a medication for a condition other than what the Food and Drug Administration approved it for.

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