Pharmaceutical treatment and side effects: MedicationMedications to help control tics or reduce symptoms of related conditions include:
Medications that block or lessen dopamine. Fluphenazine, haloperidol (Haldol) and pimozide (Orap) can help control tics. Possible side effects include weight gain and involuntary repetitive movements. Tetrabenazine (Xenazine) might be recommended, although it may cause severe depression.
Botulinum (Botox) injections. An injection into the affected muscle might help relieve a simple or vocal tic.
ADHD medications. Stimulants such as methylphenidate (Concerta, Ritalin, others) and medications containing dextroamphetamine (Adderall XR, Dexedrine, others) can help increase attention and concentration. However, for some people with Tourette syndrome, medications for ADHD can exacerbate tics.
Central adrenergic inhibitors. Medications such as clonidine (Catapres) and guanfacine (Tenex) — typically prescribed for high blood pressure — might help control behavioral symptoms such as impulse control problems and rage attacks. Side effects may include sleepiness.
Antidepressants. Fluoxetine (Prozac, Sarafem, others) might help control symptoms of sadness, anxiety and OCD. Each different kind of antidepressants comes with its own set of side effect. (Please research)
Antiseizure medications. Recent studies suggest that some people with Tourette syndrome respond to topiramate (Topamax), which is used to treat epilepsy. Side affects include: anxiety, ataxia, confusion, diarrhea, diplopia, dizziness,drowsiness, dysphasia, fatigue, lack of concentration, memory impairment, nausea,nervousness, paresthesia, psychomotor disturbance, speech disturbance, depression, visual disturbance, weight loss, dysgeusia, mood changes.
We believe at TS Calm that Natural Supplements are a great alternative to Pharmaceutical treatments and are concerned about the effects on a still developing brain of a child.
Supplements for Tourette's Syndrome Tourette's syndrome, or TS, is a nervous system disorder characterized by involuntary sounds and movements called tics. These tics often occur when a Tourette's patient is feeling stressed, worried or fatigued. Many TS patients also suffer from ADHD, depression, sleep disorders or anxiety. Certain vitamin, mineral and herbal supplements seem to help treat the tics associated with Tourette's. Talk to your health care practitioner before treating TS symptoms with any type of supplements.
Role of Magnesium in Tourette's Syndrome: Magnesium deficiency may be the precipitating event that leads to the symptoms of Tourette’s syndrome, according to an article published in the January 2002 issue of the journal “Medical Hypothesis.” It may also be responsible for conditions associated with Tourette’s syndrome, such as allergies, asthma, ADHD, obsessive compulsive disorder and anxiety. Another study, published in the November 2008 issue of the journal “Medicina Clinica,” states that magnesium and vitamin B-6 therapy is a safe and effective way to reduce the symptoms of Tourette’s syndrome in children. The results of a clinical trial published in the March 2009 issue of the journal “Trials” reaffirms that collateral treatment with vitamin B-6 and magnesium could help control Tourette’s syndrome and side effects associated with it. The researchers, however, suggest that more studies may be required before establishing the benefits of magnesium for Tourette’s syndrome conclusively.
MedlinePlus notes that magnesium is an essential nutrient responsible for the contraction and relaxation of your muscles. According to an article published in the "Medicina Clinica" journal in November 2008, scientists discovered that magnesium supplements that also contain vitamin B-6 significantly reduces the number and intensity of tics in children with Tourette's without any adverse side effects. Future studies need to verify these results.
Role of Calcium: Magnesium and Calcium work hand in hand. Calcium and magnesium play a vital role in regulating your heartbeat. Cells, including heart muscle cells, contain calcium inside of a specialized structure of the cell. The cell responds to electrical impulses by releasing calcium ions into the fluid portion of the cell therefore stimulating the cell to contract. The magnesium ions in the fluid portion of the cell produce electrical charges that force the calcium back into the cell structure, which triggers the cell to relax. Although magnesium does not affect the absorption of calcium in the body, it does control the transport of calcium across cell membranes. You must maintain a balance between calcium and magnesium to maintain a normal heartbeat and regulate your blood pressure. The best way to do this is to maintain the recommended daily intake of both calcium and magnesium. "Adequate levels of magnesium in the body are essential for the absorption and metabolism not only of calcium but of Vitamin D, because magnesium converts Vitamin D into its active form so that it can help calcium absorption.
Omega-3 Fatty Acids: The Tourette Syndrome Association suggests consuming supplements of omega-3 essential fatty acids. This healthy fat seems to improve irritability and depression in TS patients, which can help them better manage the stress that can trigger tics. UMMC adds that omega-3 essential fatty acids are crucial for behavioral and brain functions, and can improve the hyperactivity and concentration levels in TS patients who also suffer from ADHD. Fish oil capsules contain omega-3 fatty acids, but UMMC recommends that you buy supplements made only by reputable manufacturers who certify that their supplements contain no heavy metals.
B-Complex Supplements: The Henry Spink Foundation suggests taking B-complex supplements to help treat tics because these vitamins work together to naturally tranquilize your nervous system. Look for vitamins that include niacin, folic acid and choline. The University of Maryland Medical Center, or UMMC, explains that niacin, also called vitamin B-3, helps your nerves function properly, while the folic acid, also called folate and vitamin B-9, promotes nervous system, emotional and mental health. The Linus Pauling Institute reports that choline influences the nerve impulse transmissions necessary for controlling muscles. B-complex supplements sometimes interact with other medications, so consult your physician before taking them.
We at TS Calm fully believe that through supplementation you can treat the deficiencies that cause tourette syndrome as well as co-morbid disorders associated with it.
We also believe that diet also helps to further aid in process.