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Guide to Medication Used in Autism Treatment

by Contributing Author

Autism Spectrum Disorder is something that is caused by any genetic disorder or a fragile X chromosome. This is known as a developmental disability, which is caused in the brain due to certain genetic differences during birth.

People with anxiety not only suffer from some health-related issues but are also subjected to many other mental issues like trouble socializing and anxiety with separation.

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Although, there are no concrete medications for the purpose of treating Autism Spectrum Disorder. Because there is no concrete treatment for ASD, however, there are medications with properties that could help treat some of the common symptoms of Autism.

Here is a guide for it all.

Guidance For Using Medication For Autism

Here are some of the doctor’s recommended medicines which are backed by some research. These should be of some help to you.


One of the common mental health disorders which most ASD patients deal with is OCD (Obsessive compulsive disorder). When they start with an activity, they might continue doing it repetitively without even noticing it.

This is one of the reasons why many ASD patients have been prescribed Tricyclics. They are a form of antidepressant which is common for treating serious OCD among patients. 

Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors (SSRIs)

A certain chemical imbalance in the body could be one of the most disastrous things for anyone suffering from ASD. This is when the chemicals or the ‘Happy Hormones’ like Serotonin and dopamine are released at a very less amount causing chronic depression.

Therefore, ASD patients have been prescribed something called SSRIs. They are another form of antidepressant which can help them boost certain chemical releases. It can also reduce the frequency of aggressive behavior and other trauma-related behavioral issues.


ADHD or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder could also be a common mental issue that a child with ASD is dealing with. Therefore, a group of medicines called stimulants can help them increase their focus on certain activities.

Plus, they can also help in reducing hyperactivity at times. 

Anti-Anxiety Medication

When someone has Autism Spectrum Disorder, there are certain social and behavioral activities that can cause severe anxiety.

Plus, social and separation anxiety are common symptoms for these patients. Yes, there are some therapeutic ways in which one can deal with it. However, when it comes to the extreme cases of anxiety, some anti-anxiety medications are mandatory.


Some other physical symptoms that ASD patients also have to deal with are rare epilepsies.

This is when the body starts shaking abnormally because of the lack of oxygen received by the brain. Anticonvulsants are medications that can treat these seizure disorders.

Frequently Asked Questions

Autism is a large spectrum, and there is more to know every day. Thus, it is understandable that one would not be satisfied with a few details of the common medication.

Along with the doctor’s advice, you can check some of these frequently asked questions asked by mothers who are doing an amazing job handling their children with ASD.

This will be of excellent help for you as well.

Q1. Can Risperidone Really Calm My Child Down?

Ans. Risperidone is a significant medication in the Autism disease management and cure community. 

It is taken by mouth and exponentially used for treating patients and managing the ones dealing with the symptoms of psychosis. So, yes, it is also something that can calm people down or help them to sleep.

Q2. Other Than Medicine, What Are The Treatment Of Autism Right Now?

Ans. Medicines are not the ultimate managerial weapon when it comes to treating someone with Autism Spectrum Disorder.

Therefore, you must be acquainted with other treatment methods as well. One of the most common and significantly effective ones is Speech-Language Therapy, where, through cognitive language improvement and development, the child’s way of delivering a speech is enhanced. Another option to consult your doctor with are autism spectrum dietary supplements which can be used to support other treatment options by addressing potential dietary deficits

Medication For Change!

Yes, there are a few medications that could treat some of the separate symptoms of Autism Spectrum Disorder, but therapy is something that will help the child deal with the situation as a whole.

Medicines should not be a companion but not something the patient is dependent on.

Plus, you should always consult your doctor before giving the patient any.



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