Antipsychotic Use in Kids with ADHD
(Ivanhoe Newswire) – A new report in the Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychopharmacology reports that off-label use of antipsychotic drugs to treat children in the foster care system with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is on the rise.
Researchers from the University of Maryland, Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions, and Morgan State University studied Medicare data of over 266,000 children between the ages of 2 and 17. They found nearly one-third of the children diagnosed with ADHD in the foster care system who were studied had been treated with an atypical antipsychotic drug within the year long study period. The average length of time the drugs were used was 180 days, with younger children having a longer median time than adolescents.
For more information, go to: http://online.liebertpub.com/doi/full/10.1089/cap.2013.0094
SOURCE: Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychopharmacology, April 2014
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