My daughter's new medicine and her continued tics....

Stephanie - posted on 11/28/2010 ( 3 moms have responded )




My 8 year old daughter Alexis has TS. She is on a medication called Tenex, half a tablet at night and a quarter in the morning. This has helped some of her tics completely stop, but some have continued and have even gotten a little more severe. She has one tic in particular that worries me the most- she digs in her belly button continuously, to the point sometimes that it breaks the skin, but she CONTINUES to do it anyway. She also makes a hacking noise. Should the medicine completely stop these? Should I ask that her dose be increased?


Leslie - posted on 12/01/2010




Unfortunately, there is no absolute cure to the tics...Tenex will help, but it is not a cure. You can, however, teach your daughter to substitute some actions for her tics...sort of fool the brain into thinking the tic has been performed. Sensory University sells a variety of fidget toys that might help. My daughter has been picking for several years now...and sometimes it gets better and sometimes it gets worse. It helps to have a variety of fidgets, because kids get tired of them and they don't work anymore. Therapy putty has been our best weapon against the picking tic...Medicine helps, but habit reversal training seems to help more. Good Luck.

User - posted on 01/26/2011




We use Tenex and we suppliment with high doses of fish oil 3, 6 & 9. This combination helps a great deal.


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Sabrina - posted on 12/20/2010




i agree with Leslie, my son has had a good deal of success but the ticks do surface and the anxiety is never far from the surface. and sensory university is great, ive been able to find some of their products at teaching supply stores. as far as what to ask from your doctor, shoud AlWayS ask if only to bring the issue to the surface and then decide where you stand, its always important to sort of use those issues to "track" the progress of compulsive behavior. so yeah, your in the right place,

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