Risks of Neuroleptic Drugs in Children

Faye S. Silverstein, Michael V. Johnston

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We surveyed members of the Child Neurology Society to examine their attitudes about use of neuroleptic drugs in children and their experiences with neuroleptic-induced movement disorders. Sixty percent of the membership responded to our questionnaire. Of these responders, over 99% agreed that there were clinical indications for neuroleptics in children, but their criteria varied. Only a minority of the responders routinely incorporated drug holidays in the therapeutic plans of children treated with neuroleptics. The majority had not had clinical experience with patients who developed chronic movement disorders associated with neuroleptic treatment, but 35% (140/410) had encountered patients whose symptoms they considered typical of tardive dyskinesia. However, some of these patients did not meet strict criteria for diagnosis of this movement disorder. The results suggest that neuroleptic-induced movement disorders occur with significant frequency in children and that more detailed prospective studies of the risks and benefits of these drugs in children are warranted. (J Child Neurol 1987;2:41-43).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)41-43
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of child neurology
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1987
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Clinical Neurology


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