What Are Some Effective Medications for Tourette's Syndrome?

What Are Some Effective Medications for Tourette's Syndrome?

Effective medications for treating Tourette's syndrome include dopamine blockers such as Orap and Haldol, stimulants such as Ritalin and Adderall, and antidepressants such as Prozac and Sarafem, according to Mayo Clinic. These drugs help control symptoms of Tourette's such as vocal tics, anxiety and rage attacks.

As of 2015, there is no one medication that works for all people with Tourette's, and most medications that are prescribed are not approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for treating tics, says the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. However, certain medications can manage symptoms enough to significantly improve quality of life for people with Tourette's.

Medications affect different people in different ways and often come with side effects, notes the CDC. A doctor should determine the best treatment plan for a patient.