Prescriptions for antipsychotic medications written for children and adolescents has grown significantly in recent years, and two thirds of them are written for off-label indications, raising questions about whether the use of these drugs among children is appropriate. “It’s concerning that such a high proportion of pediatric patients were taking AAPs (atypical antipsychotic drugs) off-label, and that a number of children are exposed to AAP side effects such as metabolic syndrome and diabetes, while the drugs’ effectiveness on their psychiatric condition may not have been well established,” said Minji Sohn, PhD, co-author of analysis of outpatient data from the National ... Read More
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