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Autism stomach problems create drug absorption concerns

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Stomach problems are often an issue for people with autism, and the latest research has found another concern. A new study reveals that absorption problems should not be dismissed because of their potential impact on medications. People with autism may not be getting the full benefit of the drugs they are taking on a daily basis.


Researchers have discovered that gastrointestinal problems play a role in the absorption of drugs in autistic people. The study, published in the Journal of Clinical Pharmacology, mentions that people with autism may be missing out on the effectiveness of certain medications due to their stomach issues. Although more research is still needed in this area, researchers are confident that malabsorption is a problem.

The autism spectrum disorder has been associated with multiple symptoms, and gastrointestinal issues are part of this list. Many autistic children suffer from a range of problems including allergies, IBS, GERD and others. A previous study published in the PLoS ONE journal also mentions they can experience problems digesting carbohydrates and may have gut bacteria imbalances.

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The research makes it clear that addressing gastrointestinal symptoms in autistic people should be an important step in treatment. It may require consultations with doctors and nutritionists, but the problems must be identified. Once the exact condition is identified, treatment should incorporate keeping track of symptoms to see if behavior is being impacted.

There are numerous diet and supplement claims that have appeared online and have been shared among families who are dealing with autism. They vary from using the specific carbohydrate diet to adding probiotics. Some parents have found success with these types of changes, but it is important to consult a doctor first. Children on medication may experience complications from some supplements, so questions must be addressed.

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