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Medication Cause Tics
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. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Depends: Many children who will develop tourette syndrome (ts) may first seem to have "typical" symptoms of adhd at age 6 or younger, which may result in their receiving stimulants. The average age of diagnosis of ts is about 8 years. Stimulants can unmask tics, so it may look like they are the cause. If vocal and motor tics continue even when the stimulant is stopped or start later, it is still ts. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Non stimulants: Stratterra and Intuniv are the two non-stimulants. Of the two Intuniv is the less likely to cause tics. Also consider seeing a homeopathic doctor as those meds are not pharmaceutical! check out nativeremedies.Com- bright spark. It works well for some and not others and if it doesn't work well that means you need a better history and a homeopathic doctor will be able to do that. ...Read more
Yes: Many older antipsychotic medications like thorazine, mellaril, stelazine, Haldol (haloperidol) for sure -- and some of the newer ones also. Some of the ssri antidepressants which enhance serotonin simultaneously suppress Dopamine in the involuntary motor system. This can result in "tics" in some people, as well as other kinds of movement disorders. Some go away when stopping the drug. Some are permanent. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
My son has tourettes and his tics are really bad what can I do to ease the tics besides medication I really don't want to put him on meds?
Behavioral intervent: In some situations, a behavioral intervention is helpful. Contact a mental health professional who has experience treating medical conditions. If he is being followed by a neurologist ask him/her for a referral. ...Read more
What medication is best to help control tourettes? Can certain activity to helo focus help control tics?
Depends: Some medications are effective at treating tics. A commonly used one is clonidine and I have also had success with topiramate. If the tics are associated with ADHD, guanfacine is another choice. There are others so it would be best to speak with your physician for further guidance. ...Read more
I am 40 yrs old and have a problem of head/neck jerking. This has started at age of 12 yrs (i guess). Is it a tic? If so please give me a medication.
Tic medication: Most of the time, unless the tic interferes with daily life function, the potential side effects are worse than the problem. If the problem is getting worse, you may want to see your primary care or neurologist for treatment options. They will do further testing to see what medication is best. ...Read more
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