Quickbite: Autism spectrum disorder: the place of pharmacological approaches

by Dr Nick Tarrant and Dr Meera Roy


Last updated: March 2021 


Patients with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) can present with a wide variety of symptoms and behaviours. While some of these may be core features of autism, some are not. Others may mask potentially co-existing conditions amenable to pharmacological treatments.


This module looks at the role of medication in ASD, while acknowledging the absence of any evidence that psychopharmacological agents have a direct effect on their core features.


The module will not consider the treatment of conditions that co-exist with ASD, such as anxiety disorders, depressive illnesses and psychotic disorders; however, some of the same principles will apply.

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If you like this module, you may also be interested in:

Autism spectrum disorders in adults: a brief introduction by Dr Yasir Hameed and Dr Jaap Hamelijnck


Complementary medicines for ASD and ADHD by Dr Ursula Werneke


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Diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder in adults by Dr Peter Carpenter


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