Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Use of Antipsychotics in Children Is Criticized

Hello, peeps, the BLACK BOX warning is the warnigest of warnings, so what's the deal with showing kids with these BLACK BOX warning drugs that have PERMANENT side effects? Betas me. Around the autism community, everyone's on Risperdal, and I can tell when a new kid goes on it--he balloons to 200 pounds. There have been many, many suggestions that we need to get with the program and go for the drugs. I'm appalled.

We had some "problems" with our son at home, broken window (try explaining THAT to your friendly Pella repairman), but we prefer our son free range and raised without antibiotics or drugs. At least we know what he is and won't accidentally sentence him to a lifetime or Parkinsonian trembling just because we wanted to make life easier for US.

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From the New York Times:

Published: November 18, 2008

WASHINGTON — Powerful antipsychotic medicines are being used far too cavalierly in children, and federal drug regulators must do more to warn doctors of their substantial risks, a panel of federal drug experts said Tuesday.

More than 389,000 children and teenagers were treated last year with Risperdal, one of five popular medicines known as atypical antipsychotics. Of those patients, 240,000 were 12 or younger, according to data presented to the committee. In many cases, the drug was prescribed to treat attention deficit disorders.

But Risperdal is not approved for attention deficit problems, and its risks — which include substantial weight gain, metabolic disorders and muscular tics that can be permanent — are too profound to justify its use in treating such disorders, panel members said.

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3 comments:

Kim said...

it doesn't cease to amaze me that people will turn their kids into guinea pigs. i feel guilty turning to a bit of infant motrin when my toddler is teething and ready to rip his face off. they are two totally different worlds, but i know that there are risks using any medications. i am just blown away that people hold such massive blind faith in the medical community. even people who i consider very intelligent and thoughtful make decisions that i find shocking.

hope you are well, marie.
-kim

Green Fertility Marie said...

Hey, Kim, how are you? How are the wee ones???

p.s. Hyland's homeopathic teething formula (I think you can even get it in CVS) works wonders!

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