Psych Polypharmacy & Youth
180% jump in US Children prescribed 2+ antipsychotics & other psychotropics – despite limited evidence of drug efficacy & safety.
Over 220,000 US youth age 0-18 including 3800 children<age 4 received 2+ psych meds.
Most common combination = Antipsychotic + Stimulant + Alpha-Agonist
Research – Maryland School Pharmacy. JAMA Pediatrics Nov 2020
Zhang et al. Characteristics of Youths Treated with Psychotropic Polypharmacy in the United Stated, 1999 to 2015.