Autism Spectrum Disorder: Pharmacological Management

Autism spectrum disorder is a neuro-developmental disorder characterized by deficits in social communication and social reciprocity, as well as repetitive behavior and restricted interests. 

First line treatment is non-pharmacological based on behavioral modification strategies. This post will briefly summarize the pharmacological management of autism spectrum disorder in the following diagram:

Physician’s Guide for Clinical Psychiatry course contains more detailed information on this topic in following chapter:


This chapter will summarize the treatment options for following co-morbid symptoms in autism spectrum disorder (medications rated from high to low benefit rating):

  1. Agitation and irritability.

  2. Anxiety.

  3. Depression.

  4. Attention, Hyperactivity and Cognition.

  5. Sensory sensitivity.

  6. Tics/ abnormal movements.

  7. Insomnia: (a) falling asleep, (b) staying asleep.

  8. Self injury.

  • Total chapters= 230 and counting.

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  • Goal is to have all important clinically relevant topics in one course: aimed at busy clinical professionals for quick review.

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