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Dr. Andrew Rynne
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How can Tourette syndrome be treated?

I am a 47 year old man who after going off adderal now has turetts. It is getting a lot worse. I don t know why it ever started. I have banged my head in anger and also have taken some head trama from students. I tripped and fell over a girls foot and did a face plant on the cement. I had a real bad episode Friday morning and I went into the emergency. When I got there I was acting like a crazy person. I could not control what was coming out of my mouth. Can my banging my head cause me to have turetts.
Fri, 23 Mar 2018
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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.

Along with medicine, you may want to consider talk therapy. A psychologist or counselor can help you learn how to deal with the social issues your tics and other symptoms may cause.

Behavior therapy may also help. A specific kind, called habit-reversal training, teaches you how to recognize that a tic is coming and then move in a way that stops it.

Hope I have answered your query. Let me know if I can assist you further.

Dr. Sanjay Kini
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