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Abilify Uses for Autism

Autism is a brain disorder that too often results in a lifetime of impaired thinking, feeling, and social functioning -- our most uniquely human attributes. Autism typically affects a person's ability to communicate, form relationships with others, and respond appropriately to the external world. The disorder becomes apparent in children generally by the age of 3.
 
Although scientists are not sure what causes autism, currently there is much research devoted to finding the causes of autism. There are three distinctive signs of autism. These signs include:
 
  • Repetitive behaviors or narrow, obsessive interests
  • Difficulties with social interaction
  • Problems with verbal and nonverbal communication.
     
There is no single best treatment for autism. One point that most professionals agree on is that early treatment for autism is important; another is that most individuals with autism respond well to highly structured, specialized programs. In some cases, autism medications can be helpful.
 
Abilify is approved to treat irritability associated with autism. This includes aggression toward other people, deliberate self-harm, temper tantrums, and abruptly changing moods.
  

Is Abilify Used in Children?

Abilify has been approved for treating bipolar disorder in children age 10 to 17 years old and for treating schizophrenia in children age 13 to 17 years old. It is also approved to treat irritability associated with autism in children age 6 through 17 years old. Be sure to talk with your healthcare provider about the risks and benefits of using Abilify for children.
 

Off-Label Uses for Abilify

On occasion, your healthcare provider may recommend Abilify for treating something other than the conditions discussed in this article. This is called an "off-label" use. Some examples of off-label Abilify uses include:
 
  • Treatment of behavior problems in elderly people with dementia
  • Treatment of other behavior problems.
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