Inhaled oxytocin as a treatment for autism?

Discussion in 'General Parenting' started by 1 Day At a Time, Feb 11, 2008.

  1. Has anyone heard about recent research involving the treatment of autism with the hormone oxytocin? I read today about a study at Mt. Sinai School of Medicine wherein patients with autism were given oxytocin intravaneously or by inhalation. The patients were found to be able to better understand the emotional tone of spoken sentences and exhibited fewer repetitive behaviors after the treatment with oxytocin.

    Oxytocin is found in pregnant women and it stimulates contractions in the uterus as well as milk production. It is also thought to play a role in emotional development and bonding. The researchers at Mt. Sinai have found that individuals diagnosed with autism have very low blood levels of oxytocin.

    I found this information , in of all places, in difficult child's lastest issue of "Popular Science". It sounds interesting and promising to me!
  2. DammitJanet

    DammitJanet Well-Known Member

    Ok...I must be sleepy...I read this as "inhaled oxycontin as a treatment for autism!"

    I was going to say...I dont think that would be such a great idea myself...lmao.
  3. SomewhereOutThere

    SomewhereOutThere Well-Known Member

    I think it's I heard of it, it's not used much, pretty controversial, like everything else relating to autism.
  4. SRL

    SRL Active Member

  5. SomewhereOutThere

    SomewhereOutThere Well-Known Member

    Wow. Ok, thanks. I really thought it was oxygen.