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why does adhd medication cause tics in children?

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Dr. Bartholomew Vereb
Psychiatry 16 years experience
It depends.: It depends on the child, and on the medication. Some adhd medications are stimulants, and would tend to make tics worse in anyone. Other adhd medications should not worsen tics. It's best to discuss this with your doctor.
Dr. Carla Enriquez
Pediatrics 50 years experience
Pharmacology: Tics are repetitive, involuntary, stylized, motor movements involving a single or complex group of muscles. Chemicals that are stimulatory in nature, such as caffeine or methylphenidate, may excite muscle fibers to contract more easily. Brain control of muscle firing may also be increased with these substances. Tics are worsened by stimulants, not caused by them. See my health guides on panda's.
Dr. William Singer
Pediatric Neurology 51 years experience
Increases dopamine: One cause of tics is related to an excess of brain dopamine, an essential brain transmitter. Stimulant medications increase brain dopamine.

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A 41-year-old member asked:

Is it harmful to refuse to take medication for ADHD and depression?

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Dr. Carla Enriquez
Pediatrics 50 years experience
Depends: Most experts agree that adhd should be treated to decrease the risk of drug abuse, nicotine abuse, academic failure, financial catastrophe, poor/failed interpersonal relationships, job failure, poor self esteem, motor vehicle accidents and citations, unwanted pregnancy, and felonious activity. The jury is out on depression, but a study showed less brain cell death in treated depressed patients.
A 44-year-old member asked:

Do children in emerging nations need multivitamins?

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Dr. Prakash Bhoopalam
Pediatrics 43 years experience
May be: It does not depend on where they live in general but on their diet. If they are consuming a balanced diet that includes but not limited to fruits, vegetables, cereal, and milk products they don't need any multivitamins.
A 45-year-old member asked:

How can I feed children healthy foods on the go?

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Dr. Lisa Saponaro
Clinical Psychology 18 years experience
Plan ahead: Plan meals a day in advance. Grab fruits & vegetables that can travel (mini carrots, celery, oranges, apples, bananas). Nuts and nut butters come in individual serving size packages that travel well and are easy to keep on hand or in car. Have a good supply of healthy snacks such as granola bars or other meal bars that your kids enjoy. Be sure to read nutritional labels and select wisely.
A 42-year-old member asked:

How might an emergency room doctor treat a child's nosebleed?

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Dr. Mark Tosca
Urgent Care 20 years experience
Several ways: It's not any different then how it would be treated in an adult. Compression is the first thing. If that doesn't work a topical vasoconstricter (like afrin) is used. Cauterization may be attempted with an electrocautery or topical chemical cautery (ex. Silver nitrate, floseal). Nasal packing would be the last thing - but it's uncommon to have to do that with children.
A 43-year-old member asked:

When must I get professional help for my child if he has stranger anxiety?

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Dr. Robert Stewart
Clinical Psychology 44 years experience
When it's a problem.: Some anxiety (shyness) with strangers is normal and good. You want your child to be cautious with strangers. Honor the child's discomfort with anyone being too intimate. But if the anxiety is causing problems or distress in the child's life, talk to a professional as soon as possible to help decide what needs to be done. The sooner the issue is addressed, the easier it is to resolve.

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