Psychotropic Medication Use and Polypharmacy in Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders

Source: 
Pediatrics
Date Published: 
November 1, 2013
Abstract: 

The objectives of this study were to examine rates and predictors of psychotropic use and multiclass polypharmacy among commercially insured children with autism spectrum disorders. Despite minimal evidence of the effectiveness or appropriateness of multidrug treatment of ASD, psychotropic medications are commonly used, singly and in combination, for ASD and its co-occurring conditions. Our results indicate the need to develop standards of care around the prescription of psychotropic medications to children with ASD.