Use of off-label medication for children suffering from mood disorders
Only certain situations warrant the use of off-label medications for children with mood disorders. It is also important to have a detailed risk assessment done by qualified professionals who are experienced in prescribing such drugs for children before a decision about using an off-label medication. Furthermore, any use of off-label medications must include ongoing monitoring of the patient’s safety and response to treatment. Finally, health care providers should consider other factors such as the toddler’s age, their overall health status, family history, and lifestyle when making decisions about whether or not to prescribe psychotropic medications.