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This Commonly Prescribed Drug Could Help Treat Autism

researchers at the University of Missouri are studying how a commonly prescribed beta blocker could be used to treat individuals with autism there was a study done nineties suggested propranolol has been used to treat high blood pressure and other cardiovascular diseases since the 1960s dr. David Bevers Dorf and his colleagues wanted to explore other possible uses for the drug in their study individuals with autism who took the drug instead of a placebo showed higher scores in social skills such as eye contact nonverbal communication and staying on topic initially looking at it because it's used to test anxiety that's exactly the drug people take for public speaking anxiety performance anxiety and then we started autism because their flexibility issues with action propranolol is currently fda-approved to treat a lot of things autism is not one of them an autism treatment network spokesperson said the organization welcomes the research but also warned it's still too early to start prescribing the drug to people with autism this fall researchers plan to conduct clinical trials that combine propranolol with early intervention therapies Bevers Dorf said the trial could take up to four years for newsy and Catherine beak

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