Psychotropics in autism 'not linked to relevant diagnosis'

Researchers are calling on doctors to regularly review medicines in ASD

Adults on the autism spectrum are more than four times as likely to be taking psychotropic medication than those without the condition, and for many this is inappropriate and a potential risk to their health, Australian research shows.

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The study authors, led by psychologist Dr Rachael Cvejic (PhD) from UNSW Sydney, used data from 188 adults with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and 115 controls to compare rates of mental health diagnoses and psychotropic drug prescriptions.

They found that those with autism were 4.5 times more likely to