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Pharmacological Interventions 

Pharmacological Interventions
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Pharmacological Interventions
Author(s):

Benjamin L. Handen

, Tiberiu Bodea

, Rameshwari V. Tumuluru

, and Martin J. Lubetsky

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780199753857.003.0118
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date: 20 October 2020

In working with children, adolescents and adults with ASD, medications are used for reduction of specific target symptoms. These may be symptoms of a co-morbid DSM Axis I disorder, such as Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), depression, anxiety, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), manic or psychotic disorder. The symptoms may be specific behaviors in ASD such as irritability, self injurious behavior, and aggression. This chapter will review a selection of the more common medications used in individuals with ASD, and describe the few medications which are FDA approved for treatment of symptoms in ASD.

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