Antidepressants Useless for Autistic Children

Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRIs) antidepressants are among the most frequently prescribed drugs for autism, although none are specifically approved for the treatment of autism.

Now a research study that reviewed seven randomized controlled trials involving the treatment of autism with antidepressants found that the drugs did not improve overall function.

LiveScience reported:

“The team found that although the designs of the studies made combining the data statistically inappropriate, there was currently no good evidence showing overall improvement in treating children with autism, and "one large, high-quality study in children showed no evidence of positive effect of citalopram [Celexa]. In one study, a child who had taken citalopram suffered a prolonged seizure."

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