Response to Ritalin and Tics
Give yourself a pat on the back for doing what your doing. You are advocating for your child and that's the biggest thing you can do.
I have a dd (14) and we've been through some very difficult times over the past few years. It's really trial and error and you are the best judge of how your child is coping. Our dd has been on various anti-pyschotics for treatment related to the tics. She says the tics are the worst part of her TS, even though she is troubled by OCD as well. The anti-psychotics did not give her enough symptom releif and side affects far outweighed the benefits.
We are seeing one of the top-notch Psychiatrists in our reagion and a Peadiatric Neurologist. Ritalin was not recommended as we were informed that it can exacerbate the tics and make them worse.
This may be part of your problem.
Our dd has recently started on another med (more of a relaxant) called
Clonazepan, which she takes at bedtime. It appears to have anti-tic benefits to it and she has been doing really well on it. So side-effects, and she gets a good night sleep and it really helps her to deal with the anxiety of going to school etc.
Hope this is helpful to you.
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