The FDA has approved a new drug to treat irritability associated
with autism. Abilify, generically called aripiprazole, can help
with symptoms that include aggression, self-injury, tantrums or
quick mood changes in children between the ages of 6 and 17.
Abilify, which also has been found to help patients with
schizophrenia, manic episodes from bipolar disorder and depression,
can be a useful addition to an autism treatment program that also
incorporates psychological, educational and social
For more information about the drug and whether it can work for
your child, talk with your child's doctor.
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