October 30, 2009
Antipsychotics Cause Weight Gain in KidsAntipsychotic drugs widely used in children caused youths to gain as much as 19 pounds on average after just 11 weeks on the medications, according to a new study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association. The findings about the drugs, known as atypical antipsychotics, bolster concerns about giving the medicines to patients under 18 years of age. The study's authors urged child psychiatrists to exercise caution before deciding to prescribe, and to closely monitor patients taking the drugs.
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