What are effective treatments for tic disorders?

Updated: May 30, 2019
  • Author: William C Robertson, Jr, MD; Chief Editor: Stephen L Nelson, Jr, MD, PhD, FAACPDM, FAAN, FAAP  more...
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Treatments for tics that have demonstrated efficacy in replicated controlled trials include the following:

  • Dopamine D2 receptor antagonist therapy

  • Dopamine agonist therapy

  • Habit reversal therapy

Patient education is very important for individuals with Tourette syndrome. Counseling and support including cognitive-behavioral therapy and social skills training should also be considered.

See Treatment and Medication for more detail.


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