More Children Taking Psychiatric Medications - HealthyPlace Mental Health Newsletter

Here's what's happening on the HealthyPlace site this week:

Record Numbers of Children Taking Psychiatric Medications

Growing Numbers of Children Getting Antipsychotics and Diabetes Medications

Psychological issues and youth obesity were the biggest contributors to that, according to the 2010 Medco Drug Trend Report. Medco Health Solutions is a pharmacy benefit manager, with the nation's largest mail-order pharmacy operations.

Medco reports that 2009 also ushered in new indications to existing psychiatric medications and other drugs that traditionally treat adult diseases:

  • Abilify — for irritability associated with autistic disorder in children aged 6 to 17
  • Seroquel — for schizophrenia in children aged 13 to 17, and for acute manic episodes in children aged 10 to 17 with bipolar I disorder
  • Zyprexa — for schizophrenia and for acute mania (bipolar I) in children aged 13 to 17
  • WelChol, Crestor — for low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol reduction in children aged 10 to 17 with heterozygous familial hypercholesterolemia
  • Atacand — for hypertension in children aged 1 to 17
  • Axert — for acute treatment of pediatric migraine
  • Protonix — for erosive esophagitis in patients aged 5+

Prescription medication use rose nearly 5 percent in children in 2009, four times higher than the growth in medication use in the general population. The drug categories showing the most significant growth among children are diabetes, ADHD, antipsychotics, asthma and heartburn medications. ADHD drug use surged 9.1 percent; children's use was up, but the largest increase was among young adults 20-34.

One thing that's helped contain rising costs is the number of medications that have gone from branded to generic. Adderall XR, Topamax, Depakote, Neurontin and Lamictal are included here. In the next 3 years, Medco says some of the blockbuster drugs, like Effexor XR and Lexapro, will be going generic providing more cost savings. And getting your medications via mail order is another way the health plans are saving significant money. The number of people doing that has risen substantially.

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APA Reference
Staff, H. (2010, August 26). More Children Taking Psychiatric Medications - HealthyPlace Mental Health Newsletter, HealthyPlace. Retrieved on 2024, June 16 from

Last Updated: September 4, 2014

Medically reviewed by Harry Croft, MD

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