Quickbite: Autism spectrum disorder: the place of pharmacological approaches

Author(s):
Dr Nick Tarrant and Dr Meera Roy

Duration:
30 minutes

Credits:
0.5

Published:
March 2021

CPD domain:
Clinical

Type:
Learning module

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Patients with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) can present with a wide variety of symptoms and behaviours. While some of these may be core features of autism, some are not. Others may mask potentially co-existing conditions amenable to pharmacological treatments.

This module looks at the role of medication in ASD, while acknowledging the absence of any evidence that psychopharmacological agents have a direct effect on their core features.

The module will not consider the treatment of conditions that co-exist with ASD, such as anxiety disorders, depressive illnesses and psychotic disorders; however, some of the same principles will apply.

 

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