Study finds rapid weight gain among children taking Zyprexa, Risperdal, Seroquel

Children and adolescents who are prescribed a type of psychiatric drug known as atypical antipsychotics face an increased risk of rapid weight gain and other metabolic changes, according to a new study in the Journal of the American Medical Association. According to the authors of the study, these changes could increase the children’s risk of diabetes, hypertension or other related conditions.

The JAMA study examined the effects of four atypical antipsychotic drugs on children—Zyprexa, Risperdal, Seroquel and Abilify. Atypical antipsychotics are prescribed to treat a number of conditions, including schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. Of the four drugs, only Risperdal and Abilify have been approved by the Food and Drug Administration for treating children.

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2 Responses to “Study finds rapid weight gain among children taking Zyprexa, Risperdal, Seroquel”

  1. 1 scarsarestories May 30, 2010 at 3:38 pm

    Thank-you for blogging about this – I am extremely frustrated with sites like “blog for mom’s with bipolar children” that do not warn of these incredibly harmful effects. Absolutely none of these drugs (with the recent exception of “Abilify” – the name of the drug give me chills!) have ever been tested in clinical trials on children.
    The recent HBO documentary “Diagnosis Bipolar” shows children who have become morbidly obese post-medication with antipsychotics. More info on my new blog site –


  2. 2 scarsarestories May 30, 2010 at 3:38 pm

    I am also going to add you to my blogroll right now 😉

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