Ticks with ADHD?

Rebecca - posted on 02/05/2009 ( 31 moms have responded )

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Hiya my daughter has been diagnosed with adhd about 2 years now and was on Equasym (20mg) a day, however she started having ticks, which were really bad! i took her back to the specialist who then dropped her medication down to the slow release Equasym n 10mg a day! However these ticks are still occuring! Will they ever get better? Or will this be something that she will have all the time? If anyone had child who has ticks with adhd, plz contact me, any help will be appreciated
Thanks in advance Bec x

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Amy - posted on 11/09/2012

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My Daughter is 7 years old she was diagnosed ADHD 2 years ago . We have been on concerta, tennox , adderral . These have given her ticks . Instead of coughing she Hacks we have chewed our nails till they bleed. I have spent 30 min of everyday driving home and her having her melt downs on how mean kids are to her, Needless to say Im done with it all. I want myn lil girl back I dont care if she reverses numbers or is not focusing, damnt that is there job as a teacher to help them. Im sorry but I am sick of everyone pointing the finger at my child, Im done . I work as a teachers aid for special needs and I see childrens behaviors everyday, and for them to tell me my child is a problem , to bad!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Robyn - posted on 01/04/2013

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I have a 10 year old little boy that has ADD and a tick. The tick started before the medication. Before I knew he had ADD, I use to get so upset with him for rolling his eyes at me. I thought he was doing it to be ugly. I would tell him to stop and he would say "stop what??" He had no idea he was doing it. I told the Dr about it but he acted like it was normal. He never really commented about the tick. It hasn't gotten any worse or better with the meds. He rolls those eyes up to the sky for no reason at all. I wish I could make it all go away. He's the smartes, most well behaved little man there is. I hate that he has to be on medication BUT without the medication he's a completely different child. He picks and pokes at his brother NON STOP and can't remember to do one task I ask him to do. He gets so moody and ugly. The medication brought my sweet little boy back to me and I'm so thankful I finally helped him become his best.

Amy - posted on 11/09/2012

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Hi, to frustrated to finish I did take my daughter to ear, nose and throat for Hacking The doctor had taken her tonsils and adenoids out , but we started concerta so I didnt know what was going on . Was it the throat or the meds. The Doctor told me to take her off completely of the concerta and it may take up to 2 years for it to go away. we were off and it diod get better, but when we would start another it would get worse or add another tick.

Jean - posted on 03/14/2009

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Unfortunately, when a child is put on ADHD medication, it can bring out underlying ticks. Some will present itself with the initiation of medication for ADHD and some can be dose related. It is by trial and error that a medication can be found to successfully treat ADHD and not cause ticks or at least minimally trigger ticks.

Shanna - posted on 02/21/2009

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My son has Tourette Syndrome, if you are not familiar with it look it up to get some info or contact me. A lot of times Tourette Syndrome is missed diagnosed as ADHD. Some meds can cause tics and when the medication is stopped the tics can continue. You may want to look into using Melatonin, it is a natural remedy. I use it on my son and I have several friends who use it as well, they have said that they have better results with this then the traditional meds. You can contact me for more info. smcaskey@hotmail.com

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Jeanie - posted on 03/06/2013

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help my son has adhd with small ticks of noise making and so on the school is wanting to dicipline him . Im not agreeing with it so there fighting me Im at my wits end help.I dont know what to do it seems his meds are not helping much.. Some meds he has tried but cannot take. any advice sure would be helpful thank you

Amanda - posted on 09/01/2010

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Hi All. I know this is a conversation which has been going on for a while now. I would like to voice my opinion on this medication and Tics. First of all, my daughter has a tic. Normally tics develop due to a trauma in a child’s life. For instance my daughter had something happen to her when she was younger (5 yrs old) and has had a tic since. She also has ADHD and needs to be medicated.
We started her out with Concerta 27mg which was too high and not only made her into a zombie, but also increased her tics. So we decided to lower the dose. She has been taking Concerta (18 mg) as well as Strattera (18 mg), which is a non stimulant. I feel this is a good medium for her. She has now gained all the weight she lost back, is doing better in school and is able to control her tics. Her attitude at home and toward me has improved as well. So I strongly suggest checking into Strattera (non-stimulant) for those who have children with tics. Thanks

Cheryl - posted on 03/22/2009

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Sounds like she may need a different medication altogether. My daughter has been on different meds for bipolar, ADHD, ODD since she was four and I have never heard of this one. Also Heather has never had tics. I don't think I would wait for them to get better I would request a med change. I would recommend Concerta or Focalin XR.

Patricia - posted on 03/21/2009

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My son (7) ADHD has been on FOCOLIN XR 15mg (time released) for 2 years now and NO ticks! It works with him for about 8 hours, perfect for school. He is an A Honor Roll student now. The first year on it, he was having so many problems in school now that we have the right perscription things are wonderful. He takes a 5mg pill for afterschool when he has to concentrate for homework. Ask your doctor about Focolin XR.

Maureen - posted on 03/21/2009

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hi, my son was diagnose with tourettes also has adhd odd anxiety and depression. the doctor told me that alot of these diagnosies are somehow connected.

email me anytime mpmobeans@msn.com

Pam - posted on 03/21/2009

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Hey Bec,i have a 12 year old son who also has adhd he was diagnosed when he was six,he also developed these ticks and the same as you we have ajusted his meds several times nothing seemed to work,just this year i ask his specialist if he could see a neurologist,she agreed,we have since then come to find out that these ticks were not caused from the meds however he has something called tuorette syndrome motor tics,these types of ticks are very common in kids with adhd,he is on meds now for these ticks,but i would look into that with your daughter,i know at first sign of them i was confused i had no clue what they were,but i come to find out a little research went a long way for my son,he still has his motor tics but with his new meds they seem to be somewhat controlled better..hope this helps ya.

Carrie - posted on 03/21/2009

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22 years ago the Harvard Medical Journal had an article that determined a link between Touretts syndrome, ADD and ADHD. My husband has Touretts and was ADHD as a child. Now Touretts has a wide spectrum from a few ticks to the worst case of full body ticks and swearing. My husband is at the low end of the spectrum and we decided a long time ago no drugs, I was ADHD as well, I'm on medication. Educate your self about Touretts and you will find that people with Touretts, ADD, ADHD have a high ability for math and science, my husband is a very succesful and nationally known architect. There is a neurosurgeon in NY who is also Touretts. You can look up the National Touretts Syndrome Association. Ticks come and go with all three afflicitons including OCD and what ever they have by the age of 14 will be with them for life.

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Are you taking her to a specialist that specializes in ADHD? My son has ADHD and I have not noticed any ticks ..I know that I have been on medications and they have caused ticks and I have taken myself off just as a trial period and they have gone away! I have neva heard of the med you are describing my son is on Risperadol and havent seen any problems what so ever! Wish I could be of more help to ya but just wanting to know if it was a specialist that perscribed this med to her

Shanna - posted on 03/14/2009

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Quoting Michelle:



Quoting Shanna:




Quoting Michelle:





Hi My son is going to be ten, he was diagnosied with adhd/odd he has had some form of tics. he is not medicated for adhd, the doctor put in on ambilify and he took it once at the very lowest dose, he came home from school with very rapid eye blinking. They took him off it and now hes going to the neurologist. my question is we use melatonin for him to help him fall asleep, which works, what do you use the melatonin for? Thanks, Michelle












If you give a small does of Melatonin it helps them calm down. I give my 6 year old an eighth of a 1mg tablet and that helps him calm down and be able to focus better. My friend took their 10 year old son off of Ritialin and gives him 2 small doeses of melatonin a day for the ADHD, it has worked better then the Ritalin






 






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I will try this. The dose we give him to sleep is high I thinks it's equvalant to two 2.5 mg it works good for him he calms down and falls asleep fast... it also helps him stay asleep thru the night, however he still is usual the first one up so It doesn't make him two to grogry. I guess we would have to experiment to see how much would just help him calm down and not put him to sleep. I think everyone would benefit from this...his teacher and siblings and us !!!! when do you give the doses ??? one in the morning, maybe after school and at night to sleep? if I break up the doses I think it would be o.k. since it is a natural substance. The phycologist said it's o.k. to give it to him.






I homeschool my son and if he is having a really difficult time I will give him some.  It is not an everday thing for him, but is ok to be an everyday thing for kids worse off then mine.  My friend gives her son a dose in the morning before school and then one at lunch time and everyone sees a huge diffrence in him.  You just  have to play with the doses start off small and then work your way up.


 

Michelle - posted on 03/14/2009

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Quoting Shanna:



Quoting Michelle:




Hi My son is going to be ten, he was diagnosied with adhd/odd he has had some form of tics. he is not medicated for adhd, the doctor put in on ambilify and he took it once at the very lowest dose, he came home from school with very rapid eye blinking. They took him off it and now hes going to the neurologist. my question is we use melatonin for him to help him fall asleep, which works, what do you use the melatonin for? Thanks, Michelle









If you give a small does of Melatonin it helps them calm down.  I give my 6 year old an eighth of a 1mg tablet and that helps him calm down and be able to focus better.  My friend took their 10 year old son off of Ritialin and gives him 2 small doeses of melatonin a day for the ADHD, it has worked better then the Ritalin



 



Thanks,



I will try this. The dose we give him to sleep is high I thinks it's equvalant to  two 2.5 mg it works good for him he calms down and falls asleep fast... it also helps him stay asleep thru the night, however he still is usual the first one up so It doesn't make him two to  grogry. I guess we would have to experiment to see how much would just help him calm  down and not put him to sleep. I think everyone would benefit from this...his teacher and siblings and us !!!! when do you give the doses ??? one in the morning, maybe after school and at night to sleep?  if I break up the doses I think it would be o.k. since it is a natural substance.  The phycologist said it's o.k. to give it to him.





 

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Once a tic is developed, it's not going to go away.  I live with ADD and after many years of taking Adderall, I developed a tonic tic.  That's when a muscle contracts voluntarily.  Unfortunately for me...it's in my throat, which can interrupt my speech. 

Shanna - posted on 03/13/2009

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Quoting Michelle:



Hi My son is going to be ten, he was diagnosied with adhd/odd he has had some form of tics. he is not medicated for adhd, the doctor put in on ambilify and he took it once at the very lowest dose, he came home from school with very rapid eye blinking. They took him off it and now hes going to the neurologist. my question is we use melatonin for him to help him fall asleep, which works, what do you use the melatonin for? Thanks, Michelle





If you give a small does of Melatonin it helps them calm down.  I give my 6 year old an eighth of a 1mg tablet and that helps him calm down and be able to focus better.  My friend took their 10 year old son off of Ritialin and gives him 2 small doeses of melatonin a day for the ADHD, it has worked better then the Ritalin.

Robin - posted on 03/13/2009

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My son experienced a tick when starting on Concerta.  I asked the doctor about it, and he told me that most people have ticks, but that the medication actually brings them out because of the route the medication uses on the central nervous system.  He told me that they tend to get better, but also, some people the do not and have to be taken off the medication.  My son's tick has gotten better.  It is not noticeable to most people--I notice, but I am super cautious about it.  The medication is benefiting him in so many levels. 

Sissy - posted on 03/13/2009

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Post a reply!My son had ticks when he first took Adderall several years ago.  They stopped once we put him on Strattera (a non-stimulant) for his ADHD.  However, now due to some other health issues (he is in a weight loss program), the attending physician has put him  back on Adderall.  I personally hate it; however, the ticks have not came back as of yet.  I was told by our regular pediatrician, that sometimes younger children really have problems with the stimulant meds for ADHD.  Strattera really worked well for us.  I wish this new pediatrician would have left him on it.  I am just really afraid the ticks are going to come back again.

Michelle - posted on 03/12/2009

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Hi My son is going to be ten, he was diagnosied with adhd/odd he has had some form of tics. he is not medicated for adhd, the doctor put in on ambilify and he took it once at the very lowest dose, he came home from school with very rapid eye blinking.  They took him off it and now hes going to the neurologist. my question is we use melatonin for him to help him fall asleep, which works, what do you use the melatonin for?  Thanks, Michelle

Sara - posted on 03/12/2009

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I do not think the meds are what causes it. My son also has ADHD and ticks and I have had him off the meds for 6 months. I am lucky because it is very mild. Meds might irritate it.

Amanda - posted on 03/12/2009

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My son has been on the clonidine since 2006, and still has his ticks...His range from the voice clearing, eye blinking, scratching his face and head, and the jaw thrusting, as well as a few others.  They are quite distracting sometimes, but we try to ignore them

Aimee - posted on 03/12/2009

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My son is 8 and on Concerta. He developed a thoat clearing tic. The Dr put him on Chlonidine and the tic has been reduced to where most people don't even notice it. It has helped him a considerable amount.

Jennifer - posted on 03/11/2009

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Quoting Megan:

My son developed a tic with Adderall about 2 weeks into the meds and we just stopped them. Then we tried a couple of more before settling with Focalin XR. He was on this for about 1 1/2 years before a tic developed. This tic came on hard and strong. It was pretty severe. His eyes blinked uncontrollably, his jaw thrust open, his head jerked to the side, etc. If you didn't know my son, you'd think he was mentally handicapped. I called his psychiatrist and she said to immediately stop the medication. It took a couple of weeks before the tics were completely out of his system. The stimulants used for ADHD interact with the sertonin (sp) in the brain and can trigger tics. Next, I took my son to a child neurologist and she fully evaluated him and said that he is prone to have tics and that the stimulants will bring them out and make them more pronounced. My son cannot be on a stimulant at this point to control his ADHD. If I feel as though I am at my witts end and really need him to be medicated, the neurologist said that we can try some meds for the tics along with ADHD meds and hopefully keep them from surfacing. For the time being, I don't want him on that much medication, so I am choosing not to medicate him. He is 10 now and some kids do start to outgrow or learn to cope with their ADHD better when they get a little older. He's been unmedicated for about 4 months now and things haven't been easy, but they have been working.



I'm going through similar things with my son right now. He's been on several meds. and has had rapid eye blinking with them. Our Dr. Suggested Strattera. It is not a controlled substance or a stimulant. He said it want cause tics but does not cure them. You may want to try it. I don't know much about it yet, just got it but you may want to ask if its an option. I know what you mean about being at your wits end its all we can do to get him through his homework every night and he's only in 1st grade. I don't know if the tics will stop eventually or if he will do this from now on. I feel guilty for giving him something that has caused this. But he struggles in school so much. Best of luck to you.

Amanda - posted on 02/21/2009

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My son as well, developed the ticks shortly after being put on medication for ADHD.  I soon learned from a specialist in ADHD that a lot of children with ADHD develope tourette's syndrome.  Something in the medications seems to bring on the ticks.  They can be very nerve wracking sometimes, but just something that we have to learn to deal with.

Shanna - posted on 02/21/2009

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Quoting Clare:

Hi Rebecca. My name is Clare. My 8 year old boy Garth has ADHD and he too has ticks. THey can be vocal or physical. He also takes Equasym 30mg a day. His ticks can last weeks before he moves to a diffrerent one. I dont think its the medication that causes it. All I can say is try to ignore them because if you make them aware they're doing it the tick seems to last longer. Try not to worry too much. Regards Clare. x


You may want to have your son tested for Tourette Syndrome.  With TS the tics are vocal and physical and the wax and wane, sometimes they can be worse then other times.  Check out this web site and see if any of it fits for your son and you may want to talk with your doc, http://tsa-usa.org/    A lot of the meds used for ADHD make the tics worse and when the child is taken off the med the tics continue to be worse and do not go back to the way they were before meds.

Desiree - posted on 02/13/2009

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My son had really bad ticks on Adderall. So I took him off. But they also continued. Then I read something about Ticks being connected to sleep apnea, and ADHD being misdiagnosed. Wouldn't they be awesome. Anyway He had a sleep study done. That wasn't the case for him but it's something you should look into.

Andrea - posted on 02/11/2009

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hi, my nephew was on concerta when he began having ticks. when he went to the nuerologist and they told him he had tourettes. my daughter is also on meds for adhd and we have not yet noticed any ticks. i hope that things get better.

Megan - posted on 02/10/2009

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My son developed a tic with Adderall about 2 weeks into the meds and we just stopped them. Then we tried a couple of more before settling with Focalin XR. He was on this for about 1 1/2 years before a tic developed. This tic came on hard and strong. It was pretty severe. His eyes blinked uncontrollably, his jaw thrust open, his head jerked to the side, etc. If you didn't know my son, you'd think he was mentally handicapped. I called his psychiatrist and she said to immediately stop the medication. It took a couple of weeks before the tics were completely out of his system. The stimulants used for ADHD interact with the sertonin (sp) in the brain and can trigger tics. Next, I took my son to a child neurologist and she fully evaluated him and said that he is prone to have tics and that the stimulants will bring them out and make them more pronounced. My son cannot be on a stimulant at this point to control his ADHD. If I feel as though I am at my witts end and really need him to be medicated, the neurologist said that we can try some meds for the tics along with ADHD meds and hopefully keep them from surfacing. For the time being, I don't want him on that much medication, so I am choosing not to medicate him. He is 10 now and some kids do start to outgrow or learn to cope with their ADHD better when they get a little older. He's been unmedicated for about 4 months now and things haven't been easy, but they have been working.

Clare - posted on 02/06/2009

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Hi Rebecca. My name is Clare. My 8 year old boy Garth has ADHD and he too has ticks. THey can be vocal or physical. He also takes Equasym 30mg a day. His ticks can last weeks before he moves to a diffrerent one. I dont think its the medication that causes it. All I can say is try to ignore them because if you make them aware they're doing it the tick seems to last longer. Try not to worry too much. Regards Clare. x

Maria - posted on 02/05/2009

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My brother also has ADHD and ticks. They have actually gotten worse over the years. He's now 21. I noticed that they started to get worse when he started taking meds

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