Drugs are not a cure for Autism, but it is quite possible that your Autistic child has a set of multiple difficulties arising from their Autism.
Some of these difficulties might include, depression and seizures:
Below is an example of some of the various drugs used in managing autism:
Probably the most common drugs used for the treatment of Autism are
Anti-psychotics are used to treat severe aggression, self-injurious behaviours, insomnia and agitation
Older Anti-Psychotic Medications: Older ant-psychotic drugs such as haloperidol (Haldol),( haloperidol may be effective in treating serious behavioral problems), thioridazine, fluphenazine, and chlorpromazine.
But all, including haloperidol, can have some side effects such as sedation, muscle stiffness, and abnormal movements.
Newer Anti-Psychotic Medications: The newer “atypical” anti-psychotics may be a better choice, particularly for children.
However, although test are still in the early stages; There have been no known reports of any long term side effects from atypical anti-psychotics in autistic children.
Some of these drugs are, Risperdone, Zyprexa and Geodon are the most promising. Clonidine, an anti-hypertensive, which is sometimes prescribed to help manage difficulties such as: impulsiveness, aggression or anxiety.
Anxietyâ€¦â€¦.These are used to help manage the affects of anxiety, they may include drugs such as: Valium, Librium
Anti-convulsantsâ€¦.These are used to treat seizures, they may include drugs such as: Tegretol, Depakote, Dilant
There are many drugs used to help treat and manage depression, one form of depression that can occur in autism is; Bipolar manic depression. If your autistic person is suffering from this condition, they may have been prescribed either; Lithium, Depakote
Social stories are used along side drug treatments for autism, as a technique for helping autistic children with the related issues like visiting the doctor, visiting the hospital, and other related issues to help with depression and anxieties.
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