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What drug treatments help conduct disorder?

Currently, there is no labeled mediation for conduct disorder or aggression related to conduct disorder in normal IQ children and adolescents.

Psychostimulants have shown efficacy in reducing disruptive behaviors in children with comorbid ADHD/CD but seem to have less impact on conduct symptoms without ADHD. Mood stabilizers and alpha-2-agonists have shown moderate effects on aggressive symptoms. Low doses of typical antipsychotics also reduce aggressive symptoms but their use is limited because of their neurological side effects.

Risperidone is the most extensively studied newer generation antipsychotic but the majority of trials have included participants with subaverage IQ. More information is needed on efficacy in normal IQ children and adolescents with CD, maintenance of therapeutic effects, long term tolerance and safety. Although newer generation antipsychotics show a more favorable neurological side effect profile in comparison with typical antipsychotics, endocrine/metabolic side effects are frequent and potentially impairing side effects of these medications requiring specific vigilance in the pediatric population.