Pharmacological treatment options for autism spectrum disorders in children and adolescents

Thomas J. Leskovec, Brieana M. Rowles, Robert L. Findling

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Autism and other pervasive developmental disorders (PDDs) are frequently associated with dysfunctional behaviors and are characterized by deficits in socialization, communication, and behavioral rigidity. Despite the absence of a pharmacological cure for PDDs, many of the dysfunctional, coinciding behaviors may be treated pharmacologically. This article reviews what is known about the efficacy and tolerability of pharmacological interventions for the treatment of children and adolescents suffering from autistic spectrum disorders.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)97-112
Number of pages16
JournalHarvard review of psychiatry
Issue number2
StatePublished - Mar 1 2008
Externally publishedYes


  • Autism
  • Pervasive developmental disorder
  • Treatment

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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