Caution urged over SSRI in kids with autism

Australian trial fails to show improvement in obsessive-compulsive behaviours
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The antidepressant fluoxetine might not make much difference in reducing obsessive-compulsive behaviours in children with autism spectrum disorders despite being widely prescribed, an Australian study suggests.

The research has prompted the lead author, paediatrician Dr Dinah Reddihough from the Royal Children’s Hospital and Murdoch Children’s Research Institute in Melbourne, to urge prescribing caution.