Navigation Links
Meds for Autism Not Well Understood: Study
Date:2/23/2012

THURSDAY, Feb. 23 (HealthDay News) -- Children with autism may benefit from medications to treat children with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and other related disorders, but clearer guidelines are needed, a new study shows.

Researchers analyzed data from more than 1,000 U.S. teens enrolled in special education programs, to assess the use of psychiatric medications in those with autism, ADHD and both conditions.

Patients with both autism and ADHD had the highest rates of medicine use (about 58 percent), followed by those with ADHD only (around 49 percent) and those with autism only (about 34 percent), according to study author Paul Shattuck, an assistant professor at Washington University in St. Louis, and colleagues.

Black teenagers with autism only or with autism and ADHD were less likely to receive medications than whites.

"Observations from the present study reinforce the complexity of pharmacologic treatment of challenging behavior in kids with [autism spectrum disorders] and ADHD," Shattuck said in a university news release. "There needs to be a clearer guide for treating kids with both an [autism spectrum disorder] and ADHD."

He noted that drug treatment for autism reflects a trial-and-error approach based on associated symptoms, and there is a poor understanding of overall medication use for children with autism.

"Also striking are the high rates of antipsychotic, antidepressant/anti-anxiety and stimulant medication use in these youths," Shattuck said. "Additional studies examining the treatment of core and associated [autism spectrum disorder] symptoms are needed to guide the treatment of these kids."

It is estimated that one in 110 people have autism, with the majority being boys. Signs of autism include problems with communication and social interactions.

The study appears in the Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychopharmacology.

More information

The U.S. National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke has more about autism.

-- Robert Preidt

SOURCE: Washington University in St. Louis, news release, Feb. 20, 2012


'/>"/>
Copyright©2010 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved  

Related medicine news :

1. UC Davis MIND Institute researchers to present on autism at AAAS Annual Meeting in Vancouver
2. Brain differences seen at 6 months in infants who develop autism
3. Motor Impairments Appear to Be a Characteristic of Autism
4. Researchers see differences in Autism brain development as early as 6 months
5. Autism affects motor skills, study indicates
6. Teens With Autism Preoccupied With TV, Video Games: Study
7. Mutations in 2 Genes Linked to Rare Autism-Related Disorder
8. Brain Activity May Help Predict Autism Before Age 1: Study
9. Autism Speaks first Philip and Faith Geier Autism Environmental Sciences Research grant
10. Adolescents with autism spend free time using solitary, screen-based media
11. Inner Dialogue Might Aid People With Autism
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
Related Image:
Meds for Autism Not Well Understood: Study
(Date:2/5/2016)... ... ... After years as an active staff surgeon and having served as the director ... transitioned to chief of the Division of Plastic Surgery at what is now known ... began a second three-year term in January of 2016. , The original selection was ...
(Date:2/5/2016)... , ... February 05, 2016 , ... Regular gym users ... themselves having to wait longer to access the treadmills. It’s a predictable trend. After ... to lose weight and get in shape by joining gyms, starting new walking or ...
(Date:2/5/2016)... ... February 05, 2016 , ... Dr. Justin Scott and Dr. ... Annual No Cost Dental Day to individuals in need. The event is scheduled to ... No Cost Dental Day is to provide dental care to community members in need. ...
(Date:2/5/2016)... ... 05, 2016 , ... Health and wellness is a topic that should concern ... they are experiencing an illness. Migraines are a severe form of a headache and ... would not wish the pain on their worst enemy, the feeling can last for ...
(Date:2/5/2016)... ... 05, 2016 , ... –This week, Atascadero water heater company First Call ... heater. To view the report, click here or see below. , ... their pros and cons, the type chosen is almost entirely up to personal preference. ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:2/4/2016)... , Feb. 4, 2016 Frontier Pharma: ... Commercializing First-in-Class Innovation Chronic Obstructive ... with chronic inflammation of the airways and lungs. ... symptoms make the disease one of the leading ... death in the world. COPD is linked to ...
(Date:2/4/2016)... COLUMBUS, Ohio, Feb. 4, 2016 Mettler-Toledo International ... results for 2015.  Provided below are the highlights: ... the quarter compared with the prior year.  Reported sales ... in the quarter. , Net earnings per diluted ... in the prior- year period.  Adjusted EPS was $4.65, ...
(Date:2/4/2016)... 4, 2016 In response to the opioid abuse ... Commissioner for Medical Products and Tobacco, along with other FDA ... agency,s approach to opioid medications. The plan will focus on ... in pain access to effective relief. ... , Re-examine the risk-benefit paradigm for opioids and ensure that ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: