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Posttraumatic Stress Disorder in Children Medication

  • Author: Roy H Lubit, MD, PhD; Chief Editor: Caroly Pataki, MD  more...
 
Updated: May 19, 2016
 
 

Medication Summary

Current research indicates that SSRIs, prazosin, and propranolol may be helpful in the treatment of PTSD in adults. Benzodiazepines are often used, but present significant risks especially to the elderly, individuals with comorbid substance abuse histories, and those with traumatic brain injury. The author is not aware of sufficient research on medication for PTSD in children to justify their use specifially for PTSD symptoms in this population. As children move through adolescence and become more like adults, consideration of medications used in adults for PTSD is a reasonable option.

 
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Roy H Lubit, MD, PhD Private Practice

Roy H Lubit, MD, PhD is a member of the following medical societies: American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

Disclosure: Nothing to disclose.

Coauthor(s)

Eileen R Giardino, RN, MSN, PhD FNP-BC, ANP-BC, Associate Professor of Nursing, Department of Family Nursing, University of Texas Health Sciences Center Houston, School of Nursing

Eileen R Giardino, RN, MSN, PhD is a member of the following medical societies: American College Health Association, American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children, American Association of Nurse Practitioners, American Nurses Association, International Society for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect

Disclosure: Nothing to disclose.

Specialty Editor Board

Mary L Windle, PharmD Adjunct Associate Professor, University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Pharmacy; Editor-in-Chief, Medscape Drug Reference

Disclosure: Nothing to disclose.

Chief Editor

Caroly Pataki, MD Health Sciences Clinical Professor of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences, University of California, Los Angeles, David Geffen School of Medicine

Caroly Pataki, MD is a member of the following medical societies: American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, New York Academy of Sciences, Physicians for Social Responsibility

Disclosure: Nothing to disclose.

Acknowledgements

Carol Diane Berkowitz, MD Executive Vice Chair, Department of Pediatrics, Professor, Harbor-University of California at Los Angeles Medical Center

Carol Diane Berkowitz, MD is a member of the following medical societies: Alpha Omega Alpha, Ambulatory Pediatric Association, American Academy of Pediatrics, American College of Emergency Physicians, American Medical Association, American Pediatric Society, and North American Society for Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology

Disclosure: Nothing to disclose.

Angelo P Giardino, MD, PhD, MPH Associate Professor, Baylor College of Medicine; Chief Medical Officer, Texas Children's Health Plan; Chief Quality Officer, Medicine, Texas Children's Hospital

Angelo P Giardino, MD, PhD, MPH is a member of the following medical societies: Academic Pediatric Association, American Academy of Pediatrics, American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children, Harris County Medical Society, Helfer Society, and International Society for Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect

Disclosure: Bayer Honoraria Review panel membership; Pfizer Grant/research funds Independent contractor; MedImmune Honoraria Review panel membership; Teva Pharmacutical travel & honoraria Managed Care Advisory Panel; CIGNA Honoraria Physician Advisory Council

Eileen R Giardino, RN, MSN, PhD, FNP-BC, ANP-BC Associate Professor of Nursing, Department of Family Nursing, University of Texas Health Sciences Center Houston, School of Nursing

Eileen R Giardino, RN, MSN, PhD, FNP-BC, ANP-BC is a member of the following medical societies: American Academy of Nurse Practitioners, American College Health Association, American Nurses Association, American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children, and International Society for Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect

Disclosure: Nothing to disclose.

Toi Blakley Harris, MD Associate Professor, Psychiatry & Pediatrics, and Assistant Dean, Student Affairs & Diversity Baylor College of Medicine; Founder and Director, Texas Regional Psychiatry Minority Mentor Network

Toi Blakley Harris, MD, is a member of the following medical societies: American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, American Psychiatric Association, and Association for Academic Psychiatry

Disclosure: Nothing to disclose.

Mary L Windle, PharmD Adjunct Associate Professor, University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Pharmacy; Editor-in-Chief, Medscape Drug Reference

Disclosure: Nothing to disclose.

Acknowledgments

The authors acknowledge the encouragement and support of Dr. John Sargent, a colleague who has worked tirelessly to ameliorate the effects of child abuse and neglect among children and families. Dr. Sargent has taught us a great deal and has set a high standard for us, both as an excellent mentor and as an exemplar of the highest degree of professionalism.

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