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Dr. Carla Enriquez
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Tourette Syndrome (Definition)

A nervous system disorder involving repetitive ...Read more


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Is it important to treat tourette syndrome early?

Is it important to treat tourette syndrome early?

Yes: It's best to diagnose and treat early for best results later on.

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If risperdal(2mg x 3x/day) fails to treat my Tourette's, what is the next step? Thanks!

If risperdal(2mg x 3x/day) fails to treat my Tourette's, what is the next step?  Thanks!

Individual: Each person is an individual. You need to ask the question of your prescriber, who knows you.

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Is carbamazepine used to treat tourette syndrome ? And why ?!

Is carbamazepine used to treat tourette syndrome  ? And why  ?!

Sometimes: This is a sodium channel blocker that is an anti-seizure but has an effect on other brain receptors. It can also increase amounts of serotonin, Dopamine and other neurotransmitters which may be why it is effective for the movements, mood and behavior disturbances associated with tourette. It is not the first choice however, and may even cause increase in tics.

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My 9 year old has bipolar, ocd, and tourette's. Treated with .5 risperdone daily. His tics are uncontrollable. What meds/treatments would help?

Alpha agonists maybe: The Risperidone is a strong medicine as maybe through cautious advancing of the dose a resolution in symptoms could be attained. The judicious use of Clonidine or Guanfacine may help with symptoms as well although these interventions are not as strong as risperidone. In very severe cases low doses of haloperidol are a possibility although in practice this is not used in this age range commonly.

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How is tourette's inherited?

How is tourette's inherited?

Multifactorial: Although clearly a genetic disorder, the mode of inheritence for tourette's is complex, involving multiple defective genes, and perhaps even an interplay of genetic and environmental factors. There is also clearly a genetic association between the triad of tourette's, ocd, and adhd, and i generally screen patients i diagnose with tourette's for concurrent adhd and/or ocd.

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What are the causes of tourette?

What are the causes of tourette?

Not known: Tourette syndrome is a neurologic disorder of unknown etiology. Please consult this site for more info. http://www.ninds.nih.gov/disorders/tourette/detail_tourette.htm.

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How can I make my Tourette's go away ?

Tourette's. : There are medications available to help us control the symptoms of Tourette's.

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Can you tell me about tourette's syndrome?

Please resubmit: With your questions and we will be happy to answer them. Best wishes.

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How to know if I have tourette's syndrome?

See a doctor: See a doctor and let them check you.

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At what age does tourette's syndrome start?

It can vary: Adhd & obsessive-compulsive disorder form a classic triad with tourette syndrome. Adhd symptoms often start first, at age 3-5. Onset of tics is ~ age 7.The range is age 3-8, with motor tics usually preceding vocal tics. Tics wax & wane, peaking in intensity ~ age 10, fluctuating in adolescence & often improving in early adulthood. See www.Tsa-usa.Org for guidance.

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Can self hugging be a symptom of tourette's?

Do you mean...?: Smith-magenis syndrome, right? Get the child seen by a specialist...Please. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/nbk1310/.

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How do I know if I have tourette's syndrome?

How do I know if I have tourette's syndrome?

Wow. : Tourette's has many symptoms. Obsessive thinking, poor social skills, motor movement problems (tics), complex tics, over focus, compulsions. Frequent strep infections may predispose to tourette's syndrome. See http://intramural.Nimh.Nih.Gov/pdn/web.Htm also see http://www.Ninds.Nih.Gov/disorders/tourette/detail_tourette.Htm for more info.

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How young can you start seeing tourette's in children?

How young can you start seeing tourette's in children?

2 years of age: The onset of tourett syndrome is between 2 and 15 years in most of the cases.

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What are the health risks for someone with tourette's syndrome and takes ecstasy?

Depends: Any "street" drug is never what it seems. Unless you are 100% certain that what you are taking is "extacy, x, etc., " ...That is, pure mdma... No answer any doctor can give would be accurate. Unless what you are taking is from a medical professional, you have no idea of what it really and truly is.

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Is it true that people with tourette's can use swear words during their outbursts?

Is it true that people with tourette's can use swear words during their outbursts?

Absolutely: The formal term is coprolalia. It occurs in about 10% of people with tourette's disorder. Although dramatic in presentation, it is just one of the forms tics can take. The definition of tourette's is that the person has both motor and vocal tics, that is semi-involuntary bursts of activity. Many describe tics as sneeze-like: sometimes you can suppress them but often they just happen.

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I study music and am currently writing my dissertation on music and tourette's sufferers. Is there any material I should read or people to contact?

Music and Tourette's: Hi, i would highly recommend reading about 14-15 publications listed on pubmed. To get them go to www.Pubmed.Com and put this phrase into the search term- 'music and tourette's , it talks about several papers about mozart's medical history etc.

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What is tourette syndrome?

Brain disease: Ts is a neurobiologic condition involving the thalamus in the brain, caused by inheritance, but occasionally by panda's. It's main symptoms are complex(several muscle groups moving involuntarily to appease a sensory compulsion) tics or motor movements involving various body areas, including vocalizations (complex vocal motor tics).Occasionally ts is debilitating, but most often it's treatable.

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