Psychopharmacologic Treatment of Schizophrenia in Adolescents and Children

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An increasing number of antipsychotic medications have demonstrated efficacy in randomized placebo-controlled trials in the treatment of children and adolescents with schizophrenia. This review summarizes and synthesizes relevant antipsychotic medication studies, with particular emphasis on second-generation agents, and discusses other clinical considerations that may influence medication selection. With the exception of clozapine demonstrating superior efficacy in the improvement of psychotic symptoms in treatment-resistant patients, many antipsychotic agents have been shown to be similarly efficacious, including first-generation medications. Consideration of the side-effect profile, which can differ substantially from medication to medication, is essential when choosing treatment options.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalChild and Adolescent Psychiatric Clinics of North America
StateAccepted/In press - Jan 1 2019


  • Adolescents
  • Antipsychotic medication
  • Antipsychotic side effects
  • Children
  • Psychopharmacology
  • Psychosis
  • Schizophrenia

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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