Common autism drugs may increase risk of heart failure

01/16/2009 | NYTimes.com

Patients on atypical anti-psychotic medications prescribed for a variety of disorders, including autism and ADHD, are twice as likely to die from sudden heart failure, according to a study that analyzed more than 250,000 adult Medicaid records. The finding counteracts perceptions that the drugs are safer than less-expensive ones that they replaced, researchers said.

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