Anti-Psychotic Drugs Used More For U.S. Kids

By: AP
By: AP

CHICAGO (AP) - Some doctors are taking a look at how many
children are taking anti-psychotic medicines, and the effects of
treating conditions like autism and hyperactivity.
About six times as many American children are prescribed
medicines as are those in the United Kingdom, but experts say usage
is increasing in both countries.
The study appearing in the May edition of the journal Pediatrics
also looks at side effects, like weight gain, heart trouble and
nervous-system problems.
One pediatrician says the study shows drugs are being used
"without full understanding about the risks."
There are big differences that could help explain the vastly
higher U.S. rate. Another recent report has suggested that the
U.K.'s universal health care system limits prescribing practices
there. It also says direct-to-consumer ads are more common in the
U.S.


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