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Use of multiple concurrent antipsychotics in children and adolescents

The practice of prescribing antipsychotics to children and adolescents has rapidly increased in recent years. However, compared with adults prescribed these medicines, children and adolescents are more at risk for serious side effects, including obesity, diabetes, and their sequelae.

Patient population: People ages 1–17 prescribed two or more concurrent antipsychotic medications.

Quality Goal: Ensure treatment is consistent with current evidence base.

What can you do for your patients?

  • Consult the evidence base prior to prescribing multiple antipsychotics to children and adolescents.
  • Call BCBST for help coordinating care among all clinicians involved in the patient’s care: 800-818-8581.

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