Some adult medications may work for children

June 5, 2009 2:16:04 PM PDT
The Food and Drug Administration is trying to decide if three blockbuster psychiatric drugs for adults can also be used safely in children. Federal health officials have concerns about exposing younger patients to the drugs' side effects, which include weight gain and high blood sugar.

Many doctors already prescribe the medications to children between the ages of 10 and 17, although regulators have not officially cleared that use.

The drugs being considered are Seroquel and Zyprexa, used for treating schizophrenia and bipolar mania.

Another medication, Geodon, is also being considered to treat pediatric bipolar disorder.