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Antipsychotics and Autism

By Research Autism


This online article describes and evaluates antipsychotic medications, which can be prescribed to people on the autism spectrum to address challenging behaviors.

The article indicates that there is strong evidence to suggest that risperidone and aripiprazole can be useful in the treatment of challenging behaviors in children on the autism spectrum. However, the article notes that evidence regarding other antipsychotic medications is insufficient, and the article warns that antipsychotics can be associated with significant side effects. The article suggests that antipsychotics should only be used under specialist supervision when other measures prove ineffective.

Research Autism was a charity funding research in autism interventions. Research Autism’s information services have been absorbed by the National Autistic Society (NAS). Founded in 1962, the NAS “provide[s] information, support and pioneering services, and campaign[s] for a better world for autistic people. [Website]

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This online article is in English


Research Autism
United Kingdom

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