In an analysis of data collected between 2001 and 2009 on 33,565 children with autism spectrum disorder, researchers found that 64% of them were prescribed one or more psychotropic drugs, while 35% were using at least two. There is limited data on the safety and efficacy of such treatments in young patients, according to the paper published in Pediatrics. "Our results indicate the need to develop standards of care around the prescription of psychotropic medications to children with ASD," researchers wrote.

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