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Antidepressants Not Recommended for Autism

Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) can’t be recommended for treating autism in children or adults at this point, according to a Cochrane review.

The antidepressants have shown emerging evidence of harm without any benefit in pediatric cases, reported Katrina Williams, PhD, of the University of New South Wales and Sydney Children’s Hospital in Sydney, Australia, and colleagues in the Cochrane Library.

In adult cases, two small studies have shown improvements in overall symptoms and obsessive-compulsive behavior along with aggression in one and anxiety in the other.

However, this limited evidence in adults is not yet sufficiently robust for clinicians to rely on, Williams’ group cautioned.

via Medical News: Antidepressants Not Recommended for Autism – in Pediatrics, Autism from MedPage Today.

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