The study's primary endpoint was the number of self-scored binge eating days, and among the secondary endpoints was weight.
The results were striking, especially in those taking the highest dose who nearly stopped binging.
Unfortunately there were also side effects with dramatically more people in the highest dosing arm reporting dry mouth, and insomnia. All told 5% of the highest dosing arm dropped out due to adverse effects.
While far from conclusive, this study is promising. Binge eating disorder is a tremendously difficult condition to endure. Psychologically it can be devastating due to overwhelming feelings of guilt which in turn can lead to decreased self-esteem and decreased perceived self-efficacy. Right now treatment for binge eating disorder involves cognitive behavioural therapy, and indeed, there's fair success, but were there a safe medication that could be used as an adjunct to counselling, speaking personally, I'd be thrilled.
There's still lots of work to be done to prove long term efficacy, safety, and tolerability. Fingers crossed.