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Why does ADHD medication cause tics in children?

Why does ADHD medication cause tics in children?

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 more

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Dr. Guillermo Philipps
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Tics (Definition)

Tics are clinical findings that involve repetitive jerky motor movements of discrete muscle groups. Vocal tics result in the creation of sounds such as cough, grunting, ...Read more


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Are tics that are caused by medication side effects also called tourette's syndrome?

Are tics that are caused by medication side effects also called tourette's syndrome?

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 more

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Is there an ADHD medication that doesn't cause neck pain/tics as a side effect?

Is there an ADHD medication that doesn't cause neck pain/tics as a side effect?

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

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Can historical drug misuse cause you to develop a tic? If so, what help should I get

Can historical drug misuse cause you to develop a tic? If so, what help should I get

Likely separate: Tics are often caused by anxiety but some can be part of a separate disease. Take a list of your meds into your doctor's office and he/she will take a history and exam you to sort out the cause. All the best. ...Read more

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Do you think some medications trigger certain permanent nervous tics?

Do you think some medications trigger certain permanent nervous tics?

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 more

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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?

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

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Sir, its 4 years since i am on the medication for Tics. Currently i am on Escitalopram 10mg. Quetiapin stopped 6 months back. How long will this cont.

Tics wax and wane: Tics wax and wane. They may be transient, but in some cases will last years or permanently. there is no cure. If you are still having tics, speak to your prescriber about an alternative medication. ...Read more

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Dystonia or nervous tics run in my family...what can I take as a medication?

Dystonia or nervous tics run in my family...what can I take as a medication?

Well: First of all you say the tics run in your family. You did not say you have them. Why anticipate a problem. Wait to see how you do. If you develop an issue then let's worry about it. There are some medicines that may help if the issue arises ...Read more

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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

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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