Epilepsy & Autism

Treatment Issues

21 February 2009
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Treatment is essentially the same - all children and adults with autism will be treated with the same medication options as non-autistic children and adults. However, when anti-epileptic drugs (AEDs) are being prescribed, it is important to discuss with the treating doctor, potential side-effects and factors which can impact on cognition and behaviour. Some medications can have effects on concentration and attention which may be areas of concern in respect of autism in any case.

Others can impact on levels of alertness, memory and behaviour. Interaction effects with other prescribed or over the counter medications or supplements should be discussed thoroughly e.g. fish oils containing evening primrose oil; cough preparations containing ephedrine (these can potentially lower seizure threshold in susceptible individuals).

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