Seroquel Misuse: Not Approved for Treating Schizophrenia in Children
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A May 16, 2007 study conducted by Medco Health Inc., and released to the Associated Press analyzes prescription drug use from 2001 to 2006 among 370,000 insured children aged 10 to 19.
The AP reports that Medco found prevalence of kids taking antipsychotic drugs such as Seroquel, roughly doubled, with about 1.2 percent of boys and 0.75 percent of girls taking them in 2006.
Unapproved for Children
Such widely used antipsychotic drugs, including Risperdal, Zyprexa, Seroquel and Clozaril, are approved for treating schizophrenia and bipolar disorder in adults, but not children.
The drugs often are prescribed off-label, in unapproved ways, for kids with disruptive behavior, particularly to kids previously on antidepressants and ADHD drugs.
According to the AP article, a federal survey of doctors' office practices estimated a sixfold jump from 1993 to 2002 in patients aged 20 or younger prescribed antipsychotic drugs, to 1.224 million. It found 38 percent of those prescriptions were for disruptive behavior such as ADHD, 32 percent were for mood disorders including depression, 17 percent were for developmental disorders such as mental retardation and autism, and 14 percent were for psychotic disorders such as schizophrenia.
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