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How is Tourette's syndrome treated?

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If your child has Tourette's syndrome, his doctor will likely suggest that he take medication to help with his tics. They might include some types of ADHD medicines, anti-seizure drugs, antidepressants, anti-psychotic drugs that block the brain chemical dopamine, and Botox shots. Drugs don't get rid of tics completely, but they can help control them.

Kids with Tourette's syndrome can also try behavior therapy. One type, called habit reversal, helps them learn to identify that a tic is coming on and then learn a new behavior to do instead.

HealthyChildren.org: "Tics, Tourette Syndrome, and OCD."

National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke: "Tourette Syndrome Fact Sheet."

National Resource Center on ADHD: "ADHD and Tics or Tourette Syndrome."

National Institute of Mental Health: "Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder."

Mayo Clinic: "Tourette syndrome," "Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in children."

CDC: "Tourette Syndrome: Other Concerns & Conditions," "Facts About ADHD," "Facts About Tourette Syndrome."

JAMA Psychiatry: "Lifetime Prevalence, Age of Risk, and Genetic Relationships of Comorbid Psychiatric Disorders in Tourette Syndrome."

CHADD: "Managing Medication."

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on April 14, 2019

HealthyChildren.org: "Tics, Tourette Syndrome, and OCD."

National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke: "Tourette Syndrome Fact Sheet."

National Resource Center on ADHD: "ADHD and Tics or Tourette Syndrome."

National Institute of Mental Health: "Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder."

Mayo Clinic: "Tourette syndrome," "Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in children."

CDC: "Tourette Syndrome: Other Concerns & Conditions," "Facts About ADHD," "Facts About Tourette Syndrome."

JAMA Psychiatry: "Lifetime Prevalence, Age of Risk, and Genetic Relationships of Comorbid Psychiatric Disorders in Tourette Syndrome."

CHADD: "Managing Medication."

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on April 14, 2019

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