Use of antipsychotics for child, youth insomnia rises
The number of Manitoba children and youth being prescribed small doses of antipsychotics to treat insomnia has climbed in recent years, according to a report released Thursday.
Doctors in the province prescribed low-dose quetiapine — commonly marketed as Seroquel — to children and youth between the ages of five and 24 at a rate of 86 per 100,000 people in 2008-09. That rate increased to 204 per 100,000 in 2013-14, according to information gathered and analyzed by the Canadian Institute for Health Information.
“The increase we’ve seen is concerning given that it’s not at all recommended for children,” said Tracy Johnson, CIHI’s director of health systems, analysis and emerging issues.