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What medicines are used for autism?

What medicines are used for autism?

See below:: Anxiety and depression: selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (ssri's) for symptoms of anxiety, depression, and/or obsessive-compulsive disorder. Antipsychotic meds (thioridazine, fluphenazine, chlorpromazine, haloperidol) & atypical antipsychotics (zyprexia/risperidone) to treat severe behavioral problems. Anticonvulsants;stimulants;antidepressants, naltrexone, lithium, & benzodiazepines. ...Read more

Dr. Johanna Fricke
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Autism Spectrum Disorder (Definition)

ASD are a spectrum of disorders of varying degrees that are characterized by difficulties in social interaction, verbal and nonverbal communication and repetitive behaviors. Autism statistics from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) identify around 1 in 68 American children as ...Read more


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Is there any medicine that a child can take for autism?

Is there any medicine that a child can take for autism?

Yes and no: There are no medications available to treat autism itself. However, there are medications that are effective in treating some of the symptoms of autism. ...Read more

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Please describe the medicine a child can take for autism?

Please describe the medicine a child can take for autism?

No Cure: If you mean to cure, no. To alleviate symptoms, sometimes yes. For example there are medications to help insomnia. Also aggressive behavior. Check with your pediatrician for help. ...Read more

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Please describe the various drugs being used now to help with autism?

Risperdal: Risperdal was recently approved by fda for "symptomatic treatment of irritability in autistic children."

the unfortunate thing is that children with autism are typically not suffering from a "Risperdal deficiency." good bio-medical techniques attempt to determine some of the physiological disturbances in autistic kids and then set about fixing them:
- food allergies
- gut dysbiosis
- nutrients. ...Read more

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Any medicine for my 5 yr kid who has autism and still can't speak?

No Medicines fix it: Over the years a variety of medicines & diets have been studied in autism. None have provided any evidence based or predictable improvement although you can find glowing testimonials about a few. There are some medicines that physicians use to help with mood issues or aggressive behavior, but these only help manage symptoms. ...Read more

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I have high functioning autism but I feel an urge to make weird sounds? Is there a drug for that?

Tics: You have a good amount of insight into your condition! It is not unusual for kids and adults with HF Autism to make unusual sounds, and have repetitive movements. Whether to treat depends on the amount that these behaviors and urges are affecting you socially. See a good cognitive behavior therapist for starters and see if you can work towards suppressing the behaviors. Meds may follow. ...Read more

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What can I do if my son has mild autism and was advised to drink medicine, but he refuses to drink. Any techniques?

Offer a reward: Offer him his farvorite reward for taking the medicine. Making sure he has not received the award prior. ...Read more

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I have a 7 year old son with high-functioning autism. Is it smart to put him on a drug to improve his behavior?

I have a 7 year old son with high-functioning autism. Is it smart to put him on a drug to improve his behavior?

Meds can help...: ..A lot! autism manifests in various forms, probably has various causes, & is extremely complex to treat. Behavioral & social interventions are important, & increasingly psychoactive medications play an important role. These meds need be carefully selected & titrated for the individual, possibly addressing such features as anxiety, anger, mood, hyperactivity, etc. See a true expert& get the right rx. ...Read more

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If a child's father did drugs but the mother did not do any could the child develop autism from the drugs the father did?

That has yet to be: Proven, although some old studies showed Cocaine could attach to sperm & children of men with chronic alcoholism have lower overall iq's than the general population. Drugs are teratogens that have to pass through the mother's bloodstream & cross the placenta to the fetal brain to cause damage. While no illicit drug specifically causes autism, it may be part of the neurodevelopmental profile. ...Read more

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Can drug use cause autism or any learning disability from father?

No: Any drug use by the father is not associated with increased risk of autism or genetic disorders in his children. Multiple exposures of the mother during pregnancy have been associated with increased risk of autism. Recently low vitamin D levels and folate in the first trimester have been implicated. ...Read more

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What can you tell me about the antipsychotic drug used for the treatment of irritability associated with autism?

2 neuroleptics are: FDA-approved for irritability in kids age 6-17 with Autistic Spectrum Disorder, Abilify (aripiprazole) & Risperdal. They also help with the anxiety that often drives aggressive & "oppositional" behaviors. We discuss drug interactions & side effects before prescribing. Though doses are far lower than for Bipolar Disorder, we monitor liver functions, lipids, prolactin level, glucose, insulin levels & weight. ...Read more

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My nephew is 23 has autism. He is on Clonazepam 0.5mg twice a day and Risperidone 0.25mg twice a day and Divalproex extended release 500 mg a day. For temper he still needs alittle something what do you suggest no psychotic drug please.

No quick fix: Temper is a nonspecific complaint. This could be due to a specific comorbid condition that itself requires further treatment, or part of autistic irritability. Often we see cognitive rigidity as difficulty w/ transitions.

FDA approved agents for irritability in autism are Abilify and RIsperdal. He needs to be seen by a child psychiatrist or neurologist w/ expertise in this group of patients. ...Read more

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What is autism?

What is autism?

Disconnected: Autism is a disorder characterized by qualitative impairments in communication and social interaction, with restricted, repetitive, and stereotyped patterns of behaviors and interests. Abnormal development is present before the age of 3 years. [1] [2] there is a history of language delay (single-word or phrase speech delay) and 25% of children lose previously acquired language skills (regression). ...Read more

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What is autism?

Developmental dis.: It is a neurodevelopmental disorder that falls under the category of pervasive developmental disorders. It's affects can be severe to mild which will impact when it is first recognized and diagnosed. There are usually deficits in speech/ language, sensory integration, social interactions and cognitive processing. Early diagnosis and therapeutic intervention is key to improving outcomes. ...Read more

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What is autism?

What is autism?

Autism Spectrum DO: It is classified as pervasive developmental disorder, and includes Asperger syndrome, autism, childhood disintegrative disorder & rett syndrome. It is characterized by social deficits, communication difficulties, stereotyped or repetitive behaviors or interests & sometimes cognitive delays. ...Read more

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What causes autism?

Mostly genetic.: More and more genetic links to autism and autism spectrum disorders (asd's) are being found; there's even genetic testing available for siblings of patients with asd's to see if they have it, too. Good studies have shown there's no link to vaccines. ...Read more

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Is autism transmitted?

Is autism transmitted?

Its not contagious,: If that's what you mean. There are genetic links that run in families, so in that sense there is greater likelihood of ending up with autism or something related if one or more of your biological parents has it. But, genetics is very far away from being able to predict what child will get it, given the parent's symptoms. If this is your concern, find a genetic counselor for the latest... ...Read more

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Autism can cure or no?

Unfortunately no: No there currently is no cure for autism. ...Read more

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Is autism overdiagnosed?

Is autism overdiagnosed?

It can be: I have several kids in my practice that carried the ASD (autism spectrum disorder) label while young were really just late talkers and have gone on to function well. Part of the difficulty is created by the lack of a definitive test (like a broken leg on x ray) and the need schools have to label a child in some way to justify the special tutoring or instruction they receive. ...Read more

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Is autism misunderstood?

By some yes,: Autism can present so many different levels of severity. Impaired social skills, impaired communication, impaired relationships can present in different degrees in different people. From my perspective, some with partial symptoms, not enough for a formal diagnosis, still can benefit from treatment to improve. ...Read more

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What is an "autism stare"?

What is an "autism stare"?

Failure to: Make eye contact. Gaze avoidance. A blank look on one's face, not visually interacting. ...Read more

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What is an "autism stare"?

Uncomfortable gaze: Kids with autism are uncomfortable with eye contact. They can learn in therapy to make eye contact and often what happens is they can develop a trained "stare" in which they are trying to make eye contact (which is terribly innately uncomfortable for them) and they end up " over doing it" so to speak. I think this is what you are referring to. ...Read more

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What are the cause of autism?

Not Yet: We know from results of massive amounts of research that immunizations are not the cause. As yet, there are many theories, but nothing remotely proven. ...Read more

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Can you tell me about autism?

Can you tell me about autism?

Autism spectrum: Autism spectrum disorders are a set of complex neurobehavioral disorders that include social impairments, communication problems, and fixed, repetitive stereotypical movements. The most severe form of disorder in this group is classical autism -- but there are also milder forms known previously as asperger's. There's much more info than 400 characters will allow: http://tinyurl. Com/6y86go. ...Read more

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When can autism be diagnosed?

Very: There is no "official" age at which the diagnosis can be formulated, however, some of the criteria is only observable (or the lack thereof) after the kid is supposed to reach a milestone (verbal skills, etc). Review the criteria dsm4 and you will have a clear idea of why. That said, some genetic diseases (deletions, isodicentrism, etc) associated with autistic features can be diagnosed at any age. ...Read more

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How to know if I have autism?

I doubt it: Chances are, if you are writing FOR YOURSELF right now. You do NOT have autism. An autistic person wouldn't care enough about it nor be understanding of the vast outside world enough to write the question and ask the internet.
Hope that helped.
Be well :) ...Read more

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What are some signs of autism?

What are some signs of autism?

Lack of social skill: Autism usually presents with a delay in language skills and lack of social skills. Watch for eye contact which should be present but often is not in autism. They frequently do not respond to their name and often have repetitive and unusual behaviors. ...Read more

Dr. Johanna Fricke
643 Doctors shared insights

Autism (Definition)

A neurodevelopmental disorder affecting three areas: abnormal socialization, communication, and restricted interests with repetitive patterns of behavior. It is usually detected in the first two years of life. Cause is unknown but strong evidence points to an interplay between ...Read more


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