Inderal (propranolol hydrochloride)

definition of Inderal (propranolol hydrochloride): Known as a beta-blocker, Inderal® (Inderal® LA) is used to treat hypertension (high blood pressure) and other heart-related conditions. Propranolol is also used to help prevent migraine headaches in adults and children. Propranolol is being studied as a treatment for severe aggression in children with autism.

Drug Therapy May Improve Language and Social Skills in Children with Autism

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This article focuses on a new study using the drug propranolol to help increase social skills and language in children with autism.

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This article focuses on a new study using the drug propranolol to help increase social skills and language in people with autism. Propranolol is typically used to treat high blood pressure, control heart rate, and reduce test anxiety. Dr. David Beversdorf, MU Thompson Center for Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disorders, and his group are the first to study the potential benefits of this drug on autism in a controlled manner. They believe the drug acts on the brains of people with autism to assist in language and communication. In earlier studies, researchers discovered that propranolol helped with word unscrambling and word fluency. In follow-up studies, Beversdorf hopes to be able to discover who with autism will respond favorably to the drug.

Pediatric Psychiatrist

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