Obsessive Compulsive Foundation

label use"). However, most physicians prefer to use medication the FDA has specifically approved for use in children.

Because OCD is a chronic condition that medications do not typically cure, a child may need to take medication indefinitely. Typically, when medication is withdrawn, the OCD symptoms return to their pre-drug level. Many physicians recommend that if the medication is working well, it should continue for at least a year. After a year, the dose can be slowly lowered to see if it is still helpful; this is often done during summer vacation or when an increase in OCD symptoms would be least likely to be disruptive. If OCD symptoms return, the dose is raised again.

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