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Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs)

Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) include citalopram, fluoxetine , and sertraline. These medicines may help with depression, anxiety, and obsessive behaviors. SSRIs have side effects, such as weight gain, insomnia, and increased agitation, but the side effects tend to be less serious than those of antipsychotic medicines.

FDA advisory. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued an advisory on antidepressant medicines and the risk of suicide. The FDA does not recommend that people stop using these medicines, but they do recommend that people who use these medicines be watched for warning signs of suicide. This is especially important at the beginning of treatment or when the dosage is changed.

Antipsychotic medicines

Antipsychotic medicines, such as haloperidol, risperidone, and thioridazine work by changing the effects of brain chemicals. They may help decrease problem behaviors that can occur with autism. Risperidone has been shown to reduce tantrums, aggression, and self-harming behavior in children with autism.2

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