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how do you deal with / treat tics associated with autism?

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Dr. William Holmes
34 years experience Child Psychiatry
Medication if Needed: There are several medications that can be helpful for tics, and you would want to disucss this with your physician. However, tics often come and go on their own, so it is often helpful to watch for a period of time to see how much of a problem the tics are causing, especially in social settings. Also, if the person is on meds, you need to consider whether those meds might be causing the tics.
Answered on Feb 25, 2017
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Dr. Johanna Fricke
50 years experience Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics
First, it can be : Tough to sort out the type of involuntary movements: tics/stereotypies/ compulsions & minor motor or partial complex seizures. Or dystonia/akathesia/dyskinesia when patients are taking Risperdal or abilify (aripiprazole). Videos of the events really help. For tics, I use low doses of Clonidine or long-acting Guanfacine first & switch to a neuroleptic if they don't work. Each of us has our own experiences.
Answered on Sep 26, 2015
Dr. William Singer
51 years experience Pediatric Neurology
Same as without: The tics can be treated the same, whether or not having autism. The first medications are either Clonidine or Tenex (guanfacine). Other medications include clonazepam and risperdal
Answered on Sep 26, 2015

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