Medications for Autism


Through some research that I made about medication for Autism. There are few information that caught up  my attention and I find it so interesting to read and maybe to share it with other parents who are also dealing with the same autism issues. It is about medication that  doctors provide to their patients with autism. It doesn’t matter if you have a medical experience or not,  all for a certain parents or relatives should learn what are those medications that their love ones are taking for. You don’t have to dig the very bottom of the detail about these drugs but knowing what are those medication could do for your child with autism would be enough.

These medication are intended to control common behavioral symptoms of autism. A medications that falls into several categories such as antipsychotics, antiepileptics, blood pressure medications, stimulants , antidepressants and others type of drugs. Each medication is explained on how it contribute to the treatment process of a child or any person dealing with this disorder.


According to medical research the first medication that was commonly use is Antipsychotics which help based on  widely studied of autism , to decrease  and to control aggressiveness behaviors. These kind of drugs are found to lessen  hyperactivity, repetitive behaviors, irritability and aggressions.

There are several types of Antipsychotics medication that are available and can be prescribed by your doctor as needed and these are approved for the treatment of autism. Those medications are the following;

  • Clozapine or Clozaril

  • Risperidone or Risperdal

  • Olanzapine or Zyprexa

  • Quetiapine or Seroquel

As per doctor’s approval these medication can be used for autism but beware of some side effect brought by these medication. Like Risperdal that can use to lessen aggression, explosive behavior and agitation. It has been studied in treatment of autism that it works well but  like any other drugs it has a potential side effect like sedation, weight gain, muscular stiffness and dizziness.


Blood Pressure Medications

These  are  the medications to treat a high blood pressure problem and it can also help to alleviate the aggressive behaviors common in autism. Such medication are Proprenolol ( Inderal) and Pindolol ( Visken) both are targeting to lessen aggression and emotional outburst. Many experts are not so sure why these drugs work to children with autism . These medications are somewhat has similar end result of controlling aggressiveness as mentioned above.

Antiepileptic Drugs

Through helping stabilize brain activity this type of medication found effective in controlling aggressiveness. But in order to continue taking this medication the patient is require to have frequent  blood testing  to make sure that there will be no problem . The Liver or bone marrow should be ensure protected that there will  no damage as the medication continued. Antiepileptic drugs are as follows;

  • Valproate or Depakote – another type of medication that can lessen aggression but this medication has another benefit it can also help to treat seizure disorder. The side effect will be minimal like upset stomach and sedation.

  • Carbamazapine or Tegretol – another type of antiepileptic drug. This drug can treat also aggression just like Depakote but it has a side effect of having rash and bone marrow problem.


Antidepressants  and Antianxiety Medications

There are no psychiatric medication that has been proven according to research, that can targeted directly autism disorder but nowadays there are specific medications that are now using to treat symptoms that often found in autism. These symptoms are aggression, anxiety, depressions, obsessive compulsive disorder, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)  and self injury.

  • SSRI Drugs-  The researchers have commonly found high level of Neurotransmitter Serotonin in autism patient and these kind of drugs could lower Serotonin and reverse some of the symptoms of autism. Studies shown that through using these type of drugs could reduce the intensity of repetitive behaviors and may decrease irritability, tantrums and aggressive behaviors. In the result after test that some of the children who has autism have shown improvement in eye contact and responsiveness. SSRI Drugs are Fluvox-amine (Luvox), Fluoxetine (Prozac) and Trycyclic antidepressant Clomipramine (Anafranil).

However, there are other antidepressant and antianxiety drugs that have not been studied as much in regard to treating autism but may have role in treating behavioral symptoms. Other drugs have potential side effects in which should be studied before treatment. The test of the medication has been conducted with a trial and error approach and as of now there is no antidepressant medication really works best. Every patient are different ,dosages are needed to be adjusted as needed by these individuals. One medications may be effective and helpful to one person but it could be send negative effect to others. Psychiatric medications are widely use to treat autism especially to grown up kids and adults but some experts are concerned the result in younger children. As of now there is relatively not enough research on this matter and the finding if there is,  have not been evaluated yet.


Few studies have been done in using this type of drugs to those children with autism. Although to some cases doctors have prescribe these medications  to increase focus and decrease impulsivity and hyperactivity in autism. Stimulants medication are use to treat hyperactivity in children and are name as follows;

  • Ritalin

  • Dexedine

  • Adderall

Some of the other medication use for treatment of autism are not all listed above. All name of medications mentioned  were  obtained through research in order to provide accessible  information  most of whom are parents and relatives that are concern about their children’s disorder health  issues.

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    • June Danks on January 30, 2017 at 12:39 pm
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    As a parent trying to source the right advice and information I’ve found this post enlightening, really has opened my eyes. Without giving out too much information about my private life and that of my family, I am interested in discovering more in relation to this subject, after trying many therapists, professionals etc… a member or my family are now on Fluoxetine, it’s been a long 18 months and we are keeping our fingers crossed that this may help but thanks to your post I now have options to look into. Thank you.

  1. Hello June,

    Thank you for having your comment written inside this article. I made this research about few medications that were being used for autism but I’m not quiet sure if it could provide help to some parents by knowing this information. I’m glad it did. Have a blessed day.

  2. I think this website contains some very good info for everyone : D.

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