Revista de Psiquiatria do Rio Grande do Sul
Print version ISSN 0101-8108
TONELLI, Helio; ALVAREZ, Cristiano Estevez; BERTOLUCCI, Cristina and ROSA, Dayane Diomario. Compulsive buying: systematic review of the therapeutic options. Rev. psiquiatr. Rio Gd. Sul [online]. 2008, vol.30, n.1, suppl., pp. 0-0. ISSN 0101-8108. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0101-81082008000200009.
This study included randomized and non-randomized controlled trials on pharmacological treatment of compulsive buying published in English or Portuguese. Databases evaluated were MEDLINE, PsycINFO, Biological Abstracts and Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials. Of all six selected articles, only two were placebo-controlled randomized trials, and one had a first open-label phase followed by a second placebo-controlled phase. It is important to stress that all studies excluded bipolar patients. All the studies reviewed included small samples (from 10 to 42 patients). Current available evidence regarding pharmacological treatment of compulsive buying is poor due to the lack of studies using more rigorous methodology.
Keywords : Obsessive-compulsive disorders; compulsive behavior; impulse control disorders.