Effects of Antipsychotics designed for adults on babies can be highly dangerous, but some doctors are not worried about it!
The marketing tactics of drug companies also include prescription and sale of antipsychotics designed for adults to treat babies. This trend has skyrocketed in the past few years and doctors are prescribing these medicines for ailments or health problems that they are not approved to cure.
1 The Say of the doctors Regarding The Present Trend
Most of the medicines prescribed for bipolar disorders or schizophrenia in adults are being used to treat children and teens. Read on to know what doctors opine regarding this recent trend.
Dr. Bruce Perry is a doctor at Child Trauma Academy who has co-authored two significant studies in the field. He states that the overt influence of drug companies on psychiatrists and physicians is responsible for this recent trend of off-label prescription of antipsychotics designed for adults to children.
A recent study has been published in Archives that compare the prescription rates of antipsychotic drugs to youth and teens in between years 1993 to 1998 and in between years 2005 to 2009. The shocking revelation is that in the recent past, the prescriptions to children and teens have skyrocketed.
The authors of the study agree that it is time to re-evaluate the clinical practice patterns keeping in mind the long term risks and benefits as well as safety issues related to consumption of those drugs by kids and teenagers.