Title

Characterization of medication use in a multicenter sample of pediatric inpatients with autism spectrum disorder.

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

11-1-2018

Institution/Department

MMCRI

Journal Title

Journal of autism and developmental disorders.

MeSH Headings

Adolescent, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Child, Child, Preschool, Drug Utilization, Female, Hospitals, Pediatric, Hospitals, Psychiatric, Humans, Inpatients, Male, Psychotropic Drugs, Young Adult

Abstract

Nearly 11% of youth with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) undergo psychiatric hospitalization, and 65% are treated with psychotropic medication. Here we characterize psychotropic medication usage in subjects enrolled in the Autism Inpatient Collection. Participant psychotropic medication usage rates topped 90% at admission and discharge, though there was a decline at 2-month follow-up. Antipsychotics, ADHD medications, and sleep aids were the most commonly reported classes of medications. The impact of age, gender, and non-verbal IQ on medication usage rates was minimal, though age and IQ may play a role in prescribing practices. Future work is indicated to explore medication usage trends, the impact of clinical factors on medication use rates, and the safety of psychotropic medications in youth with ASD.

ISSN

1573-3432

First Page

3711

Last Page

3719

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