Antipsychotic drug use in children increases type 2 diabetes risk
By Carole Bartoo
August 22, 2013
Prescribing “atypical” antipsychotic medications to children and young adults with behavioral problems or mood disorders may put them at unnecessary risk for type 2 diabetes, a Vanderbilt University Medical Center study shows. Young people using medications like risperidone, quetiapine, aripiprazol and olanzapine led to a threefold increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes within the first year of taking the drug, according to the study published Aug. 21 in the journal JAMA Psychiatry.
Co-authors of the study from Vanderbilt University School of Medicine include William O. Cooper, M.D., MPH, Cornelius Vanderbilt Professor of Pediatrics and Preventive Medicine; Michael Stein, M.B.Ch.B., Dan May Chair and professor of Medicine and Pharmacology; James Daughtery, M.S., and Catherine Fuchs, M.D., associate professor of Pediatrics and Psychiatry