Could This 100-Year-Old Medication Be The Cure For Autism?

Small clinical trial suggests suramin can reverse some symptoms.

Suramin is a medicine that was first developed back in 1916, and it has proven so reliable as medication that it’s on the World Health Organization’s List of Essential Medicines. Today it’s primarily used as an anti-parasitic drug for treating African sleeping sickness and river blindness, but now scientists think it might also offer treatment for one of the fastest growing developmental disorders in the United States: autism.

Research led by Dr. Robert Naviaux of the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine has found that when suramin was administered to children showing symptoms of autism, those symptoms were significantly alleviated after just a single dose, reports Seeker.

“After the single dose, it was almost like a roadblock had been released,” remarked Naviaux.

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