Tourette's Syndrome Treatment
Tourette's syndrome is a life-long condition that has no cure. Treatment is directed at controlling symptoms that can interfere with normal daily functioning. Treatment of Tourette's syndrome often includes a combination of medications and mental health counseling. The selection of medication is highly individualized, and a variety of medications are usually tested before discovering the one that provides the best results.
Treating Tourette's may also require controlling the symptoms of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and obsessive compulsive disorder. Both of these conditions can occur with Tourette's syndrome.
Specific treatment of Tourette's syndrome may include:
- Medications for involuntary movements of Tourette's syndrome:
- Clonidine (Catapres)
- Guanfacine (Tenex)
- Haloperidol (Haldol)
- Pimozide (Orap)
- Fluphenazine (Prolixin)
- Risperidone (Risperdal)
- Olanzapine (Zyprexa)
- Ziprasidone (Geodon)
- Baclofen (Lioresal)
- Clonazepam (Klonopin)
- Botulinum toxin Type A (Botox)
- Direct injections can help to relieve simple tics and vocal tics
- Mental health counseling for Tourette's syndrome:
- Depression treatment
- Deep brain stimulation:
- A battery-operated implant that delivers electrical stimulation to areas of the brain the control movement.
- May be used when medications fail
- Currently being studied to establish effectiveness in Tourette's
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