Behavioral disorders often accompany an autism diagnosis. There are several treatment options available for such behavioral disorders, one of which is Risperdal (risperidone). Researchers looked at the efficacy and safety of risperidone for the treatment of behavioral disorders in autistic children. The findings were published in an article titled Treatment of Behavioral Disorders by Risperidone in Children with Autism.
The study included 40 children with autism that also experienced behavioral disorders. The children were between the ages of 5 and 12 years old. They were treated with risperidone for 8 weeks, during which time behaviors and adverse events were observed. Clinical Global Impression (CGI) and the Autism Treatment Evaluation Checklist (ATEC) were performed before and after the 8 week treatment with risperidone to monitor changes in behavioral symptoms.
Risperdal (Risperidone) Benefits:
The research found that both the severity of illness and the Autism Treatment Evaluation Checklist scores were reduced significantly following 8 weeks of treatment with risperidone. More specifically, the Autism Treatment Evaluation Checklist (ATEC) showed improvements in verbal communication, behavioral symptoms, and apperception.
Risperdal (Risperidone) Side Effects:
There were no serious side effects from risperidone reported during the 8 week study.
The researchers state the findings of the study suggest that risperidone is a well-tolerated treatment option to significantly improve behavior issues in children with autism spectrum disorders.
The article was epublished in the Chinese Journal of Contemporary Pediatrics in March 2011.
- PubMed Abstract for Treatment of Behavioral Disorders by Risperidone in Children with Autism
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