Second-generation antipsychotics are used to treat a variety of psychiatric symptoms and illnesses as well as the behavioural aspects of various neurodevelopmental disorders. However, there is reluctance in using second-generation long-acting injectable antipsychotics in child psychiatry services. We present a case of a 12-year-old child whose presentation and medication regime warranted the use of aripiprazole long-acting injection against a backdrop of potential CYP P450 enzyme interactions as a consequence of polypharmacy. The case also describes the difficulties encountered working across different health sectors and agencies and highlights the ongoing need for skills-based Continuous Professional Development for Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services-based nursing staff.
- Psychiatry (drugs and medicines)
- Child and adolescent psychiatry (paediatrics)
- Pharmacology and therapeutics
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Contributors Both authors contributed to the writing of this report. (S Hukin contributed with details that were requested during the review process).
Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.
Competing interests None declared.
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