Introduction: Atypical Antipsychotics in the Treatment of Children and Adolescents

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Antipsychotic drugs are commonly used in children and adolescents for a variety of psychiatric conditions. Although the conventional antipsychotics have proved effective in the pediatric population,1,2 their use is limited by safety concerns, such as extrapyramidal symptoms, for which the risk is higher in children than in adults, and possible adverse effects on cognition.1

Compared with conventional antipsychotics, atypical antipsychotics are less likely to cause extrapyramidal symptoms in young people.3​​

J Clin Psychiatry 2004;65(suppl 6):3-4