Will my child need medications?
Updated: Nov 26, 2020
It is important to know that there are currently no medications that are known to directly ameliorate the direct symptoms of Autism. The FDA has approved some medications to assist in the reducing the more serious associated behaviors of Autism. Risperidone is one such medication. Risperidone is often used to target agitation associated with autism. Additionally sometimes medications used to treat ADHD are used to improve concentration and reduce excessive motor activity in those with autism. Keep in mind that while these medications may be helpful in reducing some symptoms that will not relieve the core symptoms of autism. Medication management should also be discussed with your physician who can answer questions you have about impacts and potential side effect. A careful risk/benefit analysis should be conducted before agreeing to the use of medication as a treatment strategy.