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How is Tourette's syndrome treated?

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Many times, tics are mild and don't need to be treated. If they become a problem, your doctor may prescribe medicine to help them. It can take a while to find the right dose that helps control tics but avoids side effects, so be patient as you and your doctor work through it.

Medications can include:

  • Haloperidol (Haldol), fluphenazine (Prolixin), and pimozide (Orap), which work on a brain chemical called dopamine to control tics.
  • Clonidine (Catapres) and guanfacine (Tenex, Intuniv), high blood pressure drugs that can also treat tics.
  • Fluoxetine (Prozac), paroxetine (Paxil), sertraline (Zoloft), and other antidepressants, which can relieve anxiety, sadness, and obsessive-compulsive symptoms.

From: Tourette's Syndrome WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Cleveland Clinic: "Tourette Syndrome."

National Alliance on Mental Illness: "Tourette's Syndrome."

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

CDC: "Facts About Tourette Syndrome."

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on June 11, 2019

SOURCES:

Cleveland Clinic: "Tourette Syndrome."

National Alliance on Mental Illness: "Tourette's Syndrome."

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

CDC: "Facts About Tourette Syndrome."

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on June 11, 2019

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