As with any illness, disease, or disorder, there are a
number of medicine options available to help control these symptoms. It is
important to remember that none of these medications will "cure" autism; they
simply help control some of the effects of the disorder. There are advantages
and disadvantages to each drug, as they all have side effects as well as
benefits. When choosing medicines to effectively treat autism, your doctor can
make recommendations, but since autism is a disorder that varies from person to
person, you should use autism medications very carefully, watching to see how
the body reacts to the treatments.
First, consider the safety of the drug. Some cannot be
used in children or in people under a certain weight. Make sure the dosage is
easy to understand and before you choose one medicine or another find out how it
is administered (pills, injections, liquid, etc). This is important if you are
not comfortable with certain methods, such as injecting yourself or your child.
Also find out how safe the autism medications are to individuals who do not
suffer from autism. If you have small children in the house, you'll want to be
sure that the drug is not lethal if it gets into the wrong hands. Find out what
to do in case this happens, just to be on the safe side.
Also consider the side effects of the autism medications
you are considering. While they may be very good at controlling aggression,
responsiveness, hyperactivity, or other autistic tendencies, they may also cause
sedation or other side effects such as nausea or dizziness. Weigh your options
carefully before beginning one of these treatments, or you could find yourself
with ten bottles of pills, each taken to counteract the side effects of another.
Also remember that medications may have long-term effects. Will you or your
child become dependent on the drug? Will you be tolerant? How else will it
affect the body over time? These are all important questions to ask your doctor
before beginning any medication.
You can research the many studies on these drugs at your
local library or on the Internet. Publications such as journals and healthcare
magazines are probably most current and most reliable, whereas you may get some
altered information on the World Wide Web, so be careful about following advice
you find without first consulting your doctor. He or she may also be able to
provide you with literature about the autism medications available to you. Do
your researching on the many choices before making any decisions, and you'll be
able to better control your health.