Many patients with Tourette syndrome who have very minor symptoms are not treated, because the side effects of the medications may be worse than the symptoms of Tourette syndrome.
Drugs used to treat tics include:
Deep brain stimulation has shown promise for treating both the main symptoms of Tourette syndrome and the obsessive-compulsive behaviors.
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Symptoms usually peak during the teenage years and then improve in early adulthood. Although 1 in 4 patients may be symptom-free for a few years, only 8% of symptoms go away without returning.
Patients usually have normal intelligence and live a normal-length life.
Conditions that may occur in people who have Tourette syndrome include:
These conditions need to be diagnosed and treated.
Make an appointment with your health care provider if you have tics that are severe or persistent, or if they interfere with your daily life.
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