Medicines Used To Treat Autism

Autism can be treated with many types of medications. They are classified according to the type of problem are being used to deal with. Medications can help to deal with the problems caused by Autism, but they do not cure the it.  Some of the types of medications used treat Autistic children include antipsychotics, anticonvulsants, and medications for depression and anxiety.

Antipsychotics

Antipsychotics are used to treat some behavior problems in Autistic children. They can be used to treat aggressive behavior.  They alos may be used to treat insomnia. This type of medication should be used if behavior therapy is not working. Some times an Autistic child will try to harm their selves. Antipsychotic medicines can help control this.

Anticonvulsants

Sometimes, children with Autism have seizures. Anticonvulsant medications are used to control or prevent seizures.

Medications for Depression and Anxiety

Depression and anxiety are problems for many Autistic children. Often, medications are needed to help control these conditions. In some children, this type of medications have been found to cause suicidal thoughts. Changes in a childs behavior should be watched carefully.

Sedatives

It is difficult, sometimes, for Autistic children to fall asleep at night. In some cases, they may be given sedatives to help them sleep. Natural alternatives can often be used instead of sedatives. These natural alternatives will not create a dependency in the children that causes them to be unable to fall asleep without them.

Stimulants

Children with hyperactivity may be treated with stimulants. Stimulants may also be used for children who find it difficult to pay attention or concentrate. Medicines such as these may be useful in helping the child to maintain a focus for longer periods. They may be used for school age children who have problems staying focused in school. They can be a real help to a child who has a hard time staying focused on his or her school work. In some cases, this will make a difference in whether the child passes or fails.

Although medications can be useful in treating some of the problems experienced by Autistic children, parents should be very careful with them. Some medications may have serious side effects. Also, the way each child reacts to the medications will be different. You should consult your child’s doctor if you think that the medicine is not helping.  Frequently there is a need to combine other types of therapy with medications to successfully treat Autism. Never use more than the lowest effective dose of the medications. Also, it is important that you do not either start or stop a medication without first consulting with your childs doctor. Be especially watchful for changes in behavior in those Autistic children who do not speak.  If you notice them beginning to act strangely, they could be having a reaction to the medication, and should examined by doctor.

Treating Autism with medications should be considered a last resort. If it is necessary to use medications, combine them with other forms of therapy for better results. It is important to remember that medicines do not cure Autism. They just help to deal with some of the symptoms. Be sure to give your child the correct dosage of medication. Discuss with the doctor whether the medication may cause long term side effects. You should also find out if any of the medications your child takes could interact negatively with other medicines. Sometimes it will be necessary to use medication to help your Autistic child, but be sure to monitor the child for any side effects.