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Antipsychotic medications such as Seroquel, Abilify, and Risperdal can triple a child’s risk of developing type 2 diabetes within the first year of usage, according to a new study.
Doctors use powerful antipsychotics to treat schizophrenia. Now the majority of prescriptions for antipsychotic medications are for treatment of bipolar disorder, ADHD and mood disorders. These mood disorders include depression, according to prior research.

Antipsychotics & Diabetes

abilifyBut antipsychotic drugs make a child much more likely to develop type 2 diabetes than the medications typically prescribed for these other psychiatric conditions, said corresponding author Wayne Ray. Ray is the director of the division of pharmacoepidemiology at the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine in Nashville.
“We found that children who received antipsychotic medications were three times as likely to develop type 2 diabetes,” Ray said. “It’s well known that antipsychotics cause diabetes in adults, but until now the question hadn’t been fully investigated in children.”
Antipsychotics appear to increase diabetes risk by causing dramatic weight gain in children and by promoting insulin resistance, Ray said.
The boom in the use of antipsychotic medication has been particularly dramatic among children. Antipsychotic prescriptions have increased sevenfold for kids in recent years and nearly fivefold for teens and young adults aged 14 to 20, according to a 2012 study from Columbia University.

New Study

JAMA published the current study in August. Researchers reviewed the records of nearly 29,000 kids aged 6 to 24 in the Tennessee Medicaid program. These children took antipsychotic drugs for reasons other than schizophrenia or related psychoses.
They compared those kids to more than 14,000 matched control patients who had started taking other types of psychiatric medications, including mood stabilizers such as lithium; antidepressants; psychostimulants such as Adderall and Ritalin; alternative ADHD medications such as clonidine and guanfacine; and anti-anxiety drugs known as benzodiazepines.
Within the first year, users of antipsychotic drugs had triple the risk for type 2 diabetes compared to users of other psychiatric medications.
The risk continued to rise with cumulative antipsychotic dose and remained high for as long as a year after kids stopped their antipsychotics. When the researchers looked only at kids 17 and younger, the findings held.
“Diabetes can develop relatively soon after beginning these drugs,” Ray said. “We found that the risk was increased within the first year of use, and this is consistent with case reports. The risk may need to be considered even for relatively short periods of use.”
The specific antipsychotic medication used with children didn’t seem to have any effect on reducing the risk of diabetes.
“In our study, we didn’t see a difference between different types of drugs,” Ray said. “It may be an effect of the whole class of antipsychotics.” The majority of participants were taking “atypical” antipsychotics, also called second-generation antipsychotics.
Another expert agreed that the study results are cause for concern.
The findings should lead doctors and parents to question the “off-label” use of antipsychotic drugs for conditions other than schizophrenia and psychosis, said Dr. Ken Duckworth, medical director of the National Alliance on Mental Illness.

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