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Thousands of Children Visit EDs for Antipsychotic Reactions

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Jarod Cassidy3 years ago

Medscape reports that a new study has found that more than 4,000 children and adolescents are sent to emergency departments (EDs) with adverse reactions to antipsychotics every year.

Details of the Antipsychotic Study

In their analysis, researchers found that between the 1990s and 2000s the number of prescriptions for antipsychotics had increased by roughly 660 percent among children and by 380 percent among adolescents. Along with that, came an increase in hospital visits related to antipsychotic adverse events.

Between 2009 and 2010, children under 10 made an estimated 1350 ED visits following adverse events caused by antipsychotics – 97.6 percent of those visits were tied to atypical antipsychotics.

During that same period, 2674 adolescents visited EDs for antipsychotic-related adverse events, with 83.4 percent of visits attributed to atypical antipsychotics.

Common Antipsychotic Adverse Events

Among the most common adverse events recorded during the study were movement disorders, including dystonia, extrapyramidal disorders, and muscle spasticity.

Other recorded adverse events include skin inflammation, metabolic disorders, pancreatic disorders, depression, and suicidal thoughts.


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