Psychotropic Medication Side Effects in School-Aged Populations

  • Thomas KubiszynEmail author
  • Sarah S. Mire
  • Allison Meinert
Part of the Pediatric School Psychology book series (PSP)


The purpose of this chapter is to help inform risk-benefit analysis, treatment decision-making, and monitoring for unwanted outcomes when school-aged children are treated with psychotropic medication. This chapter reviews drugs with pediatric indications (i.e., those approved by the FDA for specific conditions and age ranges) that are currently marketed in the US and prescribed for pediatric emotional and behavioral disorders (EBDs). They include four drug classes and are presented in order of frequency of use within pediatric populations (i.e., 18 years and younger): ADHD drugs (stimulant and non-stimulant), antidepressants (ADs), second-generation antipsychotics (SGAs), and the antiepileptic drugs (AEDs) and lithium. Most of the drugs reviewed have indications for a variety of pediatric EBDs, but the AEDs are only FDA-approved for a medical condition (i.e., pediatric epilepsy). To help guide the thought processes that undergird risk-benefit analysis, a framework for stakeholder’s (e.g., prescribers, parents, school professionals) communications is provided. A set of references and web-based materials are provided to readers for additional information.


Side effects Risk-benefit analysis Psychopharmacology Psychosocial interventions ADHD drugs Antidepressants Antipsychotics Antiepileptic drugs Lithium 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Thomas Kubiszyn
    • 1
    Email author
  • Sarah S. Mire
    • 1
  • Allison Meinert
    • 1
  1. 1.University of HoustonHoustonUSA

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