Children and adolescents treated with high doses of antipsychotic medication for conditions not listed on the medication’s label have a significantly higher risk of unexpected death, according to a new study by Vanderbilt University Medical Center researchers. Antipsychotic medication, which includes the brand-name Risperdal, is intended to treat various mental illnesses. For example, Risperdal is used to treat symptoms of schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and irritability in autism in both adults and children. But it is often prescribed off-label to treat behavorial conditions like attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and Tourette’s syndrome. Researchers found that children and adolescents between the ages ... Read More
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