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J Autism Dev Disord. 2009 Sep;39(9):1339-49. doi: 10.1007/s10803-009-0750-3. Epub 2009 May 12.

A longitudinal investigation of psychotropic and non-psychotropic medication use among adolescents and adults with autism spectrum disorders.

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Waisman Center, University of Wisconsin-Madison, rm 561, Madison, WI 53705, USA. esbensen@waisman.wisc.edu

Abstract

Medication use was examined in 286 adolescents and adults with ASD over a 4.5 year period. A total of 70% were taking a psychotropic or non-psychotropic medication at the beginning of the study. Both the number of psychotropic and non-psychotropic medications taken, and the proportion of individuals taking these medications, increased significantly over the study period, with 81% taking at least one medication 4.5 years later. Our findings suggested a high likelihood of staying medicated over time. Thus, adolescents and adults with ASD are a highly and increasingly medicated population.

PMID:
19434487
PMCID:
PMC2829244
DOI:
10.1007/s10803-009-0750-3
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