This Commonly Prescribed Drug Could Help Treat Autism
Researchers say the blood pressure medication propranolol has been linked to improved social skills in people with autism.By Calvin Stovall | April 26, 2016
Researchers at the University of Missouri are studying how a commonly prescribed beta blocker could be used to treat individuals with autism.
"There was a study done in the 1980s that suggested a social and language benefit with this blood pressure drug, propranolol," Dr. David Beversdorf said.
Propranolol has been used to treat high blood pressure and other cardiovascular diseases since the 1960s. Dr. David Beversdorf and his colleagues wanted to explore other possible uses for the drug.