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How do medications help to treat Asperger's syndrome?

Medication can help to reduce the symptoms like anxiety in a child with Asperger's syndrome. Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors and antipsychotic drugs are the main types of medication that may be prescribed to reduce symptoms, but may cause side effects such as weight gain. When considering medication as an option to treat your child, determine if the benefits outweigh the side effects of the medication.

*Asperger syndrome, or Asperger's, is a term that is no longer used as a formal diagnosis. In current diagnostic criteria, the syndrome is included under the diagnosis of autism spectrum disorders.

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