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Psychotropic Medications for Pediatric Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders

Hussain, Sunny Z.*; Hyman, Paul E.

Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition: September 2014 - Volume 59 - Issue 3 - p 280–287
doi: 10.1097/MPG.0000000000000445
Invited Reviews

ABSTRACT We describe the use of psychotropic medications in the treatment of functional gastrointestinal disorders (FGIDs) in children based on available data. We address their safety and efficacy. Most pediatric gastroenterologists do not or are not able to collaborate with child psychiatrists, so it may be beneficial for pediatric gastroenterologists to have a working knowledge of off-label psychotropic drugs to improve functional symptoms. We recommend that efforts be made to involve both the children and their families from the beginning, adverse effects be mentioned, and the treatment plan be explained.

*Willis-Knighton Pediatric Gastroenterology & Research, Shreveport

Louisiana State University and Children's Hospital, New Orleans.

Address correspondence and reprint requests to Sunny Z. Hussain, MD, Willis-Knighton Pediatric Gastroenterology & Research, Suite 101, Physician Center, Willis-Knighton South Hospital, 2508 Bert Kouns Industrial Loop, Shreveport, LA 71118 (e-mail:

Received 6 January, 2014

Accepted 14 May, 2014

The authors report no conflicts of interest.

© 2014 by European Society for Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology, and Nutrition and North American Society for Pediatric Gastroenterology,