Evidence-Based Use of Atypical Antipsychotics in the Care of Children and Adolescents

Fatima Ramos-Marcuse, Karan Kverno

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Atypical antipsychotics are increasingly used to treat children and adolescents with a variety of mental and behavioral symptoms, despite restrictive U.S. Food and Drug Administration indications. A recent taskforce advocates for a symptom-based approach to atypical antipsychotic use, rather than by diagnosis alone. Cautious prescribing of atypical antipsychotics should only take place after careful diagnostic assessment, review of prior treatments, and trials of other evidence-based medications. When used, monitoring metabolic indicators is crucial for the health and safety of patients. Risperidone and aripiprazole are highlighted as two different types of atypical antipsychotics commonly used to treat youth. [Journal of Psychosocial Nursing and Mental Health Services, 61(1), 8-11.].

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)8-11
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of psychosocial nursing and mental health services
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2023

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Nursing
  • Phychiatric Mental Health


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