Antipsychotic Agents

Brieana M. Rowles, John L. Hertzer, Robert L. Findling

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Antipsychotic medications are prescribed for a number of conditions in children and adolescents. Their use in the treatment of pervasive developmental disorders, Tourette's disorder, schizophrenia and bipolar disorder in young patients is becoming more common. Owing to a reduced propensity to cause neurological side effects, "atypical" antipsychotics are more commonly prescribed to children and adolescents suffering from psychiatric disorders than "typical" antipsychotics. Based upon the data that are available, atypical antipsychotics may be safe and effective for the acute treatment of some psychiatric disorders in pediatric patients. However, longer-term studies of the efficacy and safety of these medications are both warranted and needed for this vulnerable population.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationPharmacotherapy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Disorders
Subtitle of host publicationThird Edition
PublisherJohn Wiley and Sons
Number of pages39
ISBN (Print)9780470973769
StatePublished - Feb 17 2012
Externally publishedYes


  • Adolescents
  • Antipsychotics
  • Autistic disorder
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Children
  • Conduct disorder
  • Schizophrenia
  • Tourette's disorder
  • Treatment

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)

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    Rowles, B. M., Hertzer, J. L., & Findling, R. L. (2012). Antipsychotic Agents. In Pharmacotherapy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Disorders: Third Edition (pp. 181-219). John Wiley and Sons.