Clozapine in the Treatment of Aggression in an Adolescent With Autistic Disorder

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Letter to the Editor

Sir: The pharmacotherapy of autism and pervasive developmental disorders primarily targets central serotonin or dopamine pathways. The use of haloperidol in treating autism in children was well studied in several double-blind, placebocontrolled studies by Campbell and associates. In addition, a double-blind, placebo-controlled study by McDougle et al. showed that the selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) fluvoxamine reduced repetitive thoughts and behavior, maladaptive behavior, and aggression in adults with autistic disorder.

J Clin Psychiatry 2001;62(6):479-480