GP psychotropic scripts for children 'rising substantially'

A general practice study shows marked increases in prescribing of stimulants, antipsychotics and melatonin

GP scripts for psychotropic drugs to treat Australian children “rose substantially” over the past decade despite ongoing debate over efficacy and safety, researchers say. 

Child patient

They found the increase was most pronounced for ADHD medications, followed by antipsychotics and antidepressants.

The University of Adelaide researchers examined both subsidised and private scripts for psychotropics from the MedicineInsight database, which covers about 9% of all GP practices in