Understanding Medications for Autism Spectrum Disorders

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By Denise Reynolds RD for eMaxHealth.com

Many children with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) can benefit from medications, but unfortunately there is a very poor understanding of overall medication use for these kids, says Paul T. Shattuck PhD, an assistant professor with the Brown School at Washington University.

As of now, there are not any drugs that will help with the core symptoms of autism, including social withdrawal. Medications are often used to treat behavioral problems, such as aggression, self-injuring behaviors, and severe tantrums that keep them from functioning more effectively at school or home.

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