There are no medications to treat Asperger’s Disorder. No medicine is available that will improve the main symptoms of impaired social skills, language, or restricted interests. These symptoms must be addressed with therapy.
Medications are available for several coexisting disorders. Some parents choose medication for their Asperger’s Disorder child if they also have ADD or ADHD, depression, anxiety, or obsessive-compulsive disorder. There are a variety of medicines for these disorders; however, many are not FDA-approved for children. It is very important that you learn about the medication before giving it to your child. Pharmaceutical companies post information on their websites about the appropriate use of the medication, dosage, ages it is approved for, and side effects.
Sometimes medication is used for a specific symptom even if a child does not have a coexisting disorder. Related behavior problems of aggression, moodiness, inattentiveness, and impulsivity displayed by some Asperger’s Disorder children can be severe enough that parents opt to use medication. Keep in mind that medication is not a magic pill. It can decrease some of the problematic behaviors, but it is important to understand that medication is one tool, and if used must be done so in conjunction with therapy.