By Denise Reynolds RD for eMaxHealth.com
The US Food and Drug Administration has approved two medicines for treating one symptom of autism spectrum disorders (irritability) but the agency has not yet approved a drug that treats any of autism’s three core symptoms – communication difficulties, social challenges, and repetitive behavior. The good news is that there are medications currently in clinical trials, and if you or your child has autism, you may be a candidate to participate and help increase the options to other families across the nation.
Autism Speaks notes that while 90% of children with cancer are enrolled in clinical trials, only 5% of children with autism are. Participation can make a difference in the lives of all who struggle with an autism spectrum disorder. Of course, joining a clinical trial is a personal and important decision, so you want to be sure to have as much information as you can before you opt in or out. Autism Speaks has created The Participant’s Guide to Autism Drug Research to answer common questions you may have.
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