Risperidone Use in Children with Autism Carries Heavy Risks

Simons Foundation Autism Research Initiative
Date Published: 
April 28, 2014

Risperidone, the first drug approved for children with autism and the most widely used, improves some children’s behavior but can have severe side effects, suggests an informal analysis of the drug’s use. These side effects can include weight gain, drowsiness, hormonal changes and, in rare cases, involuntary movements.