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Generic Drug May Ease Autism in Children

More Research Needed continued...

Since the completion of the study, Ben-Ari has become the CEO and a major shareholder of a company that’s seeking to develop and market bumetanide as a treatment for autism.

“We don’t have any medicines that remedy autism, even if we don’t cure it. So bumetanide is an interesting and promising medication,” says Andrew Adesman, MD, chief of developmental & behavioral pediatrics at the Cohen Children's Medical Center in New Hyde Park, N.Y. Adesman treats patients with autism, but he was not involved in the research.

Because the medication is already on the market and seems to be relatively safe, Adesman said he expects doctors and families may be tempted to try it right away.

“As difficult as it may be, families and professionals are probably best off waiting for a little bit more research,” he says.

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