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The majority of TS patients with tics can live a normal life as it does not interfere with normal life functions. For those patient's whose tics interfere with normal life functions, there are several kinds of tic suppression medications available. One class of medicines is called neuroleptics. However, even with this medication, it will only reduce tics and not completely eliminate them.
When it comes to the associated neurobehavioral disorders that can occur in patients with TS, effective treatment options are available. Recent research shows that TS patients who display ADHD symptoms can be effectively treated with stimulant medications like methylphenidate and dextroamphetamine. These medications can reduce the ADHD symptoms without causing tics to become more severe. However, this research is quite new and more proof is needed to determine the risks and benefits of these medicaitons for TS patients.
For those TS patients that display obsessive-compulsive disorder symptoms that impair daily functioning, serotonin reuptake inhibitors (clomipramine, fluoxetine, fluvoxamine, paroxetine, and sertraline) have proven to be an effective treatment option.
One other option that can be useful for the TS patient is psychotherapy. Although Tourette Syndrome is not cause by psychological problems, this disorder can cause psychological problems. The role of psychotherapy in this disorder is:
Tourrette's is sometimes mistakenly spelled Turrets Syndrome, or Turretts Syndrome.
Article by Alina Morrow, MS
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