I know that no one here is surprised, but another outrage reported in today's NY Times: http://www.nytimes.c...to-infants.html
per the article: "Almost 20,000 prescriptions for risperidone (commonly known as Risperdal), quetiapine (Seroquel) and other antipsychotic medications were written in 2014 for children 2 and younger, a 50 percent jump from 13,000 just one year before, according to the prescription data companyIMS Health. Prescriptions for the antidepressant fluoxetine (Prozac) rose 23 percent in one year, to about 83,000."
this is for kids 2 years old and younger!
i understand that when it comes to seizures that parents sometimes get desperate, and that some anti-seizure drugs have been determined to be effective mood stabilizers (i take one, lamictal)... but this article is about the other way around. there is no evidence that risperdal and seroquel are even helpful for seizures in little kids. not to mention that psychoactive drugs are inappropriate for young children for psychiatric reasons as well. all this is about is making it easier for parents and their day care centers to keep the kids under control - give the kid a pill - and mom, dad and the teachers can relax. makes me think of mothers who get cold - and then make their kid put on a sweater.