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How common are tics in add kids?
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Dr. Johanna Fricke
Pediatrics - Developmental & Behavioral
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In brief: Incidence of tics in
Children with adhd is 6-11% prior to meds.
Medications can induce tics, but group studies show no increase in kids with adhd on meds.The old warning about stimulants still exists because pharmaceutical companies feel it's not cost-effective to re-do the studies. Peer-reviewed studies show that when children with adhd & tics are given stimulants , 1/3 get better, 1/3 get worse & 1/3 stay the same.

In brief: Incidence of tics in
Children with adhd is 6-11% prior to meds.
Medications can induce tics, but group studies show no increase in kids with adhd on meds.The old warning about stimulants still exists because pharmaceutical companies feel it's not cost-effective to re-do the studies. Peer-reviewed studies show that when children with adhd & tics are given stimulants , 1/3 get better, 1/3 get worse & 1/3 stay the same.
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Dr. Naomi Zilkha
Pediatrics
In brief: Tics and ADD
They are quite common, especially if the child is taking medication for the ADD

In brief: Tics and ADD
They are quite common, especially if the child is taking medication for the ADD
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Dr. Carol Jacobs
Pediatrics
In brief: Fairly common
Tics are often a co-morbid condition in patients with ADD/ADHD.
They can be stressful for both the child and the parent but usually do not cause harm. Biggest challenge is when the tic is causing the child's peers to tease. I hope this article helps. http://contemporarypediatrics.modernmedicine.com/contemporary-pediatrics/news/modernmedicine/welcome-modernmedicine/attention-deficit-hyperactivity-d?page=full

In brief: Fairly common
Tics are often a co-morbid condition in patients with ADD/ADHD.
They can be stressful for both the child and the parent but usually do not cause harm. Biggest challenge is when the tic is causing the child's peers to tease. I hope this article helps. http://contemporarypediatrics.modernmedicine.com/contemporary-pediatrics/news/modernmedicine/welcome-modernmedicine/attention-deficit-hyperactivity-d?page=full
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Dr. Mark Diamond
Pediatrics
In brief: Rarely
Less than 5% of children with pur add/adhd have or develop tics.

In brief: Rarely
Less than 5% of children with pur add/adhd have or develop tics.
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Dr. Mary Ann Block
General Practice
In brief: Common
Many of the medications used to treat adhd actually list "tics" as one of the side effects.
Tics could also be another symptom of what is causing the adhd symptoms. Chronic strep, called pandas, can cause both adhd symptoms and tics. It is important for a doctor to be thorough and look for any and all underlying causes.

In brief: Common
Many of the medications used to treat adhd actually list "tics" as one of the side effects.
Tics could also be another symptom of what is causing the adhd symptoms. Chronic strep, called pandas, can cause both adhd symptoms and tics. It is important for a doctor to be thorough and look for any and all underlying causes.
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