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High Medication Rates for Children with Autism: Autistic children taking psychotropic medications at high rates

Oct 23, 2013 -- 1:59 pm
October 20, 2013
(dailyRx News) Children with autism may also be diagnosed with other mental health conditions. These children, and those with only autism, may be prescribed mental health medications, too.

A recent study found that mental health medication use was high among children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD).

In fact, more than half of autistic children in this study had taken at least one psychotropic medication, and a third had taken more than one at once.

Psychotropic drugs are medications usually prescribed for mental health conditions, ranging from depression or bipolar disorder to schizophrenia or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), among others.

There is not a lot of good information about the safety and effectiveness of mental health medications for young children.
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