Washington: A recent study has found that antidepressants taken by people with autistic spectrum disorders may have serious side-effects especially in children and cannot be recommended based on current evidence.Cochrane researchers found that despite some evidence of benefits in adults diagnosed with autism, there is no evidence for any benefits associated with selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) in children, who may suffer serious adverse effects as a result of taking the drugs.
"Not all the SSRIs currently in use have undergone controlled trials for autistic spectrum disorders, but parents are often anxious to try treatments regardless of the lack of evidence.”"It`s important that doctors are open about the lack of evidence, and explain any risks fully, before prescribing these treatments," said Williams. ANI
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