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Adderall Kick-Started Tourette Syndrome

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Greenville, MSKim’s son was prescribed Adderall for ADHD but two years in, he started to show signs of facial tics—one of many Adderall side effects. She took Peyton, age 11, off the drug but the tics worsened and he has recently been diagnosed with Tourette Syndrome.

Kim knows she cannot file an Adderall lawsuit for Peyton’s condition: Studies have established beyond a doubt that Tourette syndrome is genetic. (Tourette syndrome is a neurological disorder characterized by repetitive, stereotyped, involuntary movements and vocalizations called tics.) But Adderall is like a Pandora’s box—it can make tics and twitches worse, and lead to Tourette’s. Rather, Kim wants the public to be aware of this Adderall effect—a side effect that Peyton will likely have for the rest of his life.

Mild tics, such as eye blinking, could be chalked up to vision problems. Constant sniffing might be diagnosed as an allergy. If your child displays these symptoms and they are taking Adderall, you might want to talk to your doctor…

“When Peyton was first prescribed Adderall, I read the fine print on the drug’s handout,” says Kim. “I remember that tics were included in a long list of Adderall side effects but my doctor didn’t talk about it so I didn’t worry about it. I am pretty sure the information pamphlets never said anything about Tourette Syndrome. I just connected the dots-- It was just too coincidental. Now his tics are full blown and I’ve been told that there is no treatment for it. He is taking a medication that reduces the severity of the tics, but his head constantly switches back and forth, his eyes roll and he opens his mouth constantly. He makes a funny noise with his throat, like something is stuck and he is trying to clear it.

"As well, Peyton kicks one leg out and does funny things with his hands—his fingers spread out and the tips curl. They happen sporadically but the mouth thing is a new tic. The throat clearing happens every few minutes except when he is sleeping.

"Thankfully, no one makes fun of him and I don’t think it bothers him but he is really tired with it. If anyone asks what is wrong, he says, ‘I have Tourette Syndrome and it doesn’t bother me’.

"I never went back to the prescribing doctor. I have spoken with a neurologist and he says there is a possibility that Adderall brought on this condition. Strangely no one in our family has anything like it. There is a possibility that Peyton could outgrow it and if he does, maybe by the time he is 18 years old. If not he has not outgrown it by that age, he will have it for the rest of his life.

"Before Peyton was prescribed Adderall he was a spontaneous kid, he was really hyper-- constantly jumping and running. He was over the charts, to the point of being out of control. I was always telling him to stop, over and over again. He had taken other ADHD meds but nothing worked. The Adderall helped him calm down.

"I honestly believe that Adderall caused this condition. If only I could turn back the clock; I wish he had never taken it and of course I feel guilty, I blame myself.

"I have a friend whose little boy took Adderall and I told her to be careful; make sure if he starts having tics to stop the medication right away and see a doctor. I can’t tell her what to do, but if it were up to me…”

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My son is 10 yr old. He has been taking Adderall with weekends and summers off.It does seem to help him focus in school but last year we noticed he started a tic with blinking his eyes. He stopped for awhile and now shortly after starting up the meds this year he has developed a sniffing tic.
I almost passed it as allergies . I'm afraid they may get worse or be permanent. His doctor is telling me to ignore them and they will go away. I too feel guilty for giving him this medication that could have caused much bigger problems for him in the long run .

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My grandson recently started adderall he now is having severe tics and make noises and outbursts vocally. Please find a different med since we know so little about the brain.

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My son had no signs of Tourettes or a Tic disorder.He was given Adderall for ADHD..He developed a Facial Tic within a month of being on it.I told his doctor but he assured me it was just a Tic and he would grow out of it.Another month went by and he has now developed Outbursts of noises and words.No one in my or my husband's entire families have ANY history what so ever of Tourettes or Tic Disorders.People can claim it doesn't cause it at all, but I have now spoken to other people who this happened to with no family history of it and it starting immediately after taking Adderall.

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I have been prescribed adderall for ADD (now called ADHD minus hyperactivity). I always had trouble in school and in personal relationships. ADHD is not uncommon in conjunction with tourettes and OCD symptoms. For me, the Adderall medication can make my twitches worse but only when I stop and start medication. When it evens out, so do the nervous twitches. They are also more apparent and frequent during times when I'm stressed or overwhelmed, which the adderall seems to help with and overall decreases it. My twitches and movements were pointed out long before I was diagnosed and treated for ADHD so I am an example of how the two are linked together but not caused by another. It is a pre-existing condition that usually go hand in hand.

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Hey i got tourettes syndrome when i was 8 years old after i took addrall to help with aDHD can i make a lawsuit

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Adderall doesn't cause TS, that makes no sense to the people calming it did. It's possible the adderall gave your child tics, but just because someone has tics doesn't mean the cause of it is Tourette syndrome.
Tourette syndrome is a neurological disorder, which can only be passed on genetically, which means someone in your family has/had it. There are also a lot of other issues a person could have with TS. ADD/ADD is only one possible symptom, there's also OCD, ODD,learning disabilities, and more. Now, not everyone with Tourette syndrome will have other disabilities as mentioned above.

In my case, my father has a mild form of it (no vocal tics) and his father (my grandfather) had a mild form of it as well. I was diagnosed at age 7, and things just went down hill from there, until the age of 18-20. I unfortunately had a very severe case of TS, I was on 14 pills a day to help control them, but they were still out of control. I also have OCD, I had ODD as a child, and severe learning disabilities, which I still struggle with.

Treating an individual for ADD that also has Tourette syndrome can be tricky. I have ADD, but as a kid it was ADHD. My childhood neurologist put me on different medications until we got it right. I've tried Concerta, Strattera, Ritalin, and Risperdal but nothing worked like adderall did. However, sometimes the negative side effects of a medication can outweigh any of the positive ones. For me, adderall made my tics so much worse! And I never ate. My Dr was very concerned as I dropped to a mere 51 pounds in 4th grade, I was taken off the medication.

I'm current 25 years old and back on adderall. Luckily, around the age of 18-20 my tics decreased drastically, I went from moving my whole body all day to only having a few tics. They say that in your late teens early twenties tics could slow down a bit, but not for everyone. I'm doing well on adderall now, and it has only made me tic a bit more. I'm a huge bone cracker, I crack everything from from neck down to my toes and have been since like the age of 6 or 7. That being said, the only difference I'm finding since taking adderall is that the urge to cracke my knuckles has increased.

So, your son already had TS. It's possible that he was not showing all symptoms yet, (ADD could be a synptom of TS) and the stimulant just sped things up, but in no way, shape or form did the adderall give your son Tourettes.

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I'd say most of these cases are causation and correlation being misinterpreted.

ADD, OCD are known to be part of the disorders that almost always come along with Tourettes.

It is not aderall giving you or your kids tourettes, it's kids that have tourettes but the tourettes symptoms only become noticable later than the ADD etc.

I was also hyperactive and ADD as a kid, but never got medication for it as my family though it wouldn't be a problem. Later on it turned out it was just part of tourettes which became more apparent for me a few years later with the obvious tics and twitches.

I have not tried adderall ever in my life. I am however considering trying it to be able to concentrate, when i have more stress and tics.

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That's amazing. I'm 21 I took adderall throughout childhood and experienced the same tics. Felt drowsy earlier today and a friend offered me one. I haven't taken an adderall in years probably since I was 16 years old. After I took it this time when I kicked in I started to experience the tics again and thought about it and googled it. Crazy stuff, it's definitely true for me haven't had the symptoms since I last took it.

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This website is very interesting to me, due to the fact that I'm 29 and sill deal with a case of touretts in my eyes. My eyes blink or twitch very hard and some days are worst than others. Especially when I get really tired, or when I'm playing a active sport. Recently I'm considering getting back into adderal to help focus and productivity on y daily life. But the generic meds were poison to my body. Felt sick and my Tourette's took off again. After visiting with my parents they reminded me that they put me on Ridalin and some other adderal type ADD meds in 4 or 5 grade. Conveniently that's when I remember my Tourette's starting to occur. I do remember the reason I was taken off those meds was because my blinking became so bad that I would get migraines everyday, my jaw would be super sore and it's hard for a middle school student to have Tourette's as a whole. I can't say that the ADD meds is what caused my Tourette's but after highschool and I to college I was I troduced to cannibis. Also know as marihuana or weed. I quickly noticed that the GOOD STUFF or Medical grade not only calmed my anxiety but also relaxed my eyes. For the first time I've found a natural remedy that helps in dealing with my Tourette's. I've smoked or eaten marijuanna for almost the last decade. An I'm a huge advocate for the medical properties that our politicians refused to study. My state just passed cannibis oil to be trailed for seizures. One step closer but for anyone who is serious about looking for a all natural Mother Nature medicine. Look to the God Given Green!!! Why fund pharmaceutical company for money for poison in return! We medicate and over medicate and then medicate to correct the medication that when wrong. It will never end unless we stop it. Natural herb natural food natural living is the way to go!!! I've decided to do a case study on myself and see if stop smoking God Given Green and start using adderal again will in fact cause my tourrettes to worsen. I'm giving it the baseball rule 3 strikes and in out. So far the first attempt is a strike. Generic adderal was poison to my body. If The next two tried fail I'm going back to daily use of God Given Green.

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I am now 25 years old, when I was around 13 years old my adoptive parents took me to see the family psychologist and he diagnosed me with ADD/ADHD. Then prescribed me to concerts, and soon after I started having facial tics (uncontrollable blinking) and then diagnosed me with tourettes syndrome. Then continued to prescribe me to concerts after his recent diagnosis. Now at 25 years old I now have a permanent neurological disorder (uncontrollable blinking).

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I was on Adderall for 6 years until May of last year. I started noticing little tics here and there, but I didn't think anything of it.

I was "diagnosed" with ADD at the age of 10 and put on Concerta, then Adderall.

I'm 19 now and I went back to the doctor only to be diagnosed with Anxiety, OCD tendencies, and Coprolalia, which is saying obsenities and other things that are inapropriate at the wrong time.

I always knew that I didn't have ADD, and that I have problems concentrating due to the constant bullying that went on throughout my life, which does affect how you function in school.

Even though I am a legal adult and could take this to court, I don't want to. My parents didn't know that tics could be caused by Adderall. I don't blame them or anyone.

My tics (or what I consider tics) are constant neck craning (like I'm trying to crack my neck), turning my body like I'm trying to crack my back (I also do this when I'm nervous) and I blink my eyes alot. I don't know if anyone in my family is prone to tics or what have you, but I'm off Adderall for good and I still have these things. And with the OCD tendencies and coupled anxiety, it seems to be worse, like I HAVE TO do it.

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I was on Adderall as well for two years and 46 years old.
No history of tourettes in my family history either. Well now by business is failing because of the neck tics and finger manipulation. Now out of the blue after being on meds for the tics I am shouting obscenities all day and can't stay up past 7pm.

Is know body being held responsible for this? I never thought about pursuing a lawsuit? I am not usually that type of person, but I can't do anything around the public now....

Mike

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I am dealing with a very similar issue with my 7year old son. He was prescribed Adderall at nearly the end of last school year. And he did great; hes not hyper, just not able to focus at school. We stopped giving it to him in the summer, for a break. And we started back up about a month ago, he developed the this neck rolling, eyes to the sky thing. He cant stop either, he does it until his neck hurts. Today the school even asked us to come pick him up, they were certain their was something wrong with him. Needless to say, we are stopping now and never continuing. We will hire a tutor before it gets any worse.
Your story is so sad; these things shouldn't happen. I'm upset that doctors prescribing these medicines down pay more attention to their patients. Thank you for your story, you've cleared my conscience that taking him off the adderall is the right thing to do.

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I too went through this the DODDS school system threatened to arrest my parents for not giving me medication like your son got at the age of 8. I was beaten up ridiculed and my own teachers who were mad that they cannot teach me told me to commit suicide. Everyone would take their problems out on me the things that treat adhd make you lose a lot of weight, and act very strange. As you are taking stimulants and they speed up the central nervous system, which of course makes your tic worse. I have recently finished my two year assiocate's degree and I can do in 5 hours what people do in 40. When I focus I excel, but I cannot take those medications. The antidepressants are horrible to treat anything, you shouldn't take those when your growing. They mess with estorgen and testernome in order to reduce aggression most doctors well say this is a lie. But most doctors made me a lab rat for their medicines they made money switching me on pills.
I struggle everyday with these things, I feel the pain your son has. I know what it's like, and people refuse to accommodate you. Either I become fat taking drugs like clodine or adderal to think and act like other people do. I work better by myself, I can't work with other people. People think when I don't look them in the eyes I don't hear them that is entirely false. The things that helped me were fitness I work out 4 hours a day. It really helps me, I cannot think of anything better. Those doctors didn't help me they told me only good things about me, when people were beating me up. I needed to fix my problems, not be babied. I fully understand what you and your son are going through. I left my email in my comment if you have questions about TS or adhd.

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