Tics -- UPDATE

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Tics -- UPDATE
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Tue, 03-01-2011 - 12:12pm

Anyone else dealing with ADHD and tics? Our son has been on ADHD medication for four years without any trouble. In fact, the medication worked beautifully.

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Wed, 03-02-2011 - 2:12pm

Hi Michelle!

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Wed, 03-02-2011 - 2:33pm
Thanks, Melissa. Interestingly, the doctor hasn't suggested changing ADHD meds at all. I suspect it's because he's had such phenomenal results with Concerta. It also sounds like they suspect the tics are more tied to anxiety or excitement.

I appreciate your responses. I'm leaning toward option #1 if we have to make a change, since we know Tenex has helped and he wouldn't have to go through tapering off and the tics being really strong at school. But I'm not 100 percent certain. Still holding out hope for a miracle that they'll go away on their own by tomorrow.
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Wed, 03-02-2011 - 2:42pm

I would hate to have to switch his ADHD meds since they are working so well. I really hope that they go away on their own.

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Wed, 03-02-2011 - 9:17pm

My son and daughter are both on Clonidine at night.

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Thu, 03-03-2011 - 2:20pm

We just couldn't figure out what to do and really needed to know more about the tics themselves, so we got in on a last-minute appt. with his doctor tomorrow. The tics are not going away on their own and really bother our son, so we need to get a good solution tomorrow. I feel better knowing we can talk it through face-to-face with the psychiatrist.

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Mon, 03-07-2011 - 11:29am
UPDATE:
After meeting with the psychiatrist, we decided to switch from Concerta to Adderall. Our son tried Adderall years ago and went into rages as it wore off, so I wasn't too optimistic. However, he did great on it when we got it to the right dosage. The tics are now down to only hitting his leg, and that's down to periodically. We can live with that. Just crossing my fingers things stay this good for a while and that we also get a good school report today on his first day on the Adderall there.

Thanks again for all of the support!
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Mon, 03-07-2011 - 12:36pm
That's great to hear! Keep us posted on how he's doing on it. Yay for a good school report :)