Now They Want to Give Antipsychotic Drugs to "Disruptive" Kids

As I said last year, antipsychotic drugs have major problems and side effects. Four medical groups, including the American Psychiatric Association, have warned that the new drugs could increase a patient's risk of heart disease by increasing:

  • Obesity
  • Diabetes
  • High cholesterol

Now, researchers are saying the antipsychotic drug Risperdal (risperidone) appears to be a safe and effective long-term agent for reducing "severe disruptive behaviors" in children with below-average intelligence. They listed the most common side effects as mild to moderate sleepiness, headache, runny nose and weight gain. If you want to know some natural alternatives to antipsychotic drugs, which in no way treat the underlying cause of the behavior, you can read this past article on the topic.

American Journal of Psychiatry April 2004;161(4):677-84

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