My son is having a real challenge with vocal tics and stuttering. We're trying Risperal, but is doesn't seem to be doing much. He is 12 and on .75 mg now, and it is starting to make him sleepy during the day.....If we up it anymore, I think he'll be too groggy to function. It does help him sleep better and longer at night. What else has anyone tried and does it work? Side effects??
He gets quite frustrated with the vocal tics....his teacher at school deals with it by having him out of the classroom with an aide for a good part of the day. He feels like he misses out a lot of what goes on in the classroom & feels like he is being punished for what he can't help. It doesn't seem to bother the other students as much as it bothers the teacher. I sat in his classroom a few times to observe. Some times the tics were a steady muttering, and other times he was completely quiet. Today he phoned me after school and he could hardly talk for stuttering. Obviously it was a stressful day.....Weekends at home he is fine, we hardly notice any tics at all. I think it is going to be a looooong school year!