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Fake and harmful autism 'treatments'

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This is not a list of every fake autism treatment.

Always speak to a GP for advice if there's something you're not sure about. Some fake treatments can be very dangerous.

Fake treatments that do not work

Sometimes a doctor may suggest medicines or special diets for other conditions that affect autistic people.

But there are no "treatments" or "cures" for autism itself.

These things do not work and some can be harmful:

How to spot fake treatments

There are some warning signs that may suggest a treatment is fake:

How to report fake treatments

You can help stop people selling dangerous treatments by reporting anything you think might be fake.

For a product bought in England, Scotland or Wales, call the Citizens Advice consumer helpline on 03454 04 05 06.

For a medicine you think might be fake, visit

For an advert for a fake treatment in the media, on a website or on social media, contact the Advertising Standards Authority.


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Page last reviewed: 18/04/2019
Next review due: 18/04/2022