Toddlers being prescribed antipsychotics

Doctors are prescribing antipsychotics to children younger than four years old, a government review has revealed, raising concerns that off-label use of the drugs is rising.

The atypical antipsychotic risperidone was likely being used outside its strict indications in under five-year-olds in some cases, according to the PBAC report.

The agent is TGA-approved for selected use in under-18s with aggressive behaviour in