Which medications in the drug class Benzodiazepines are used in the treatment of Tourette Syndrome and Other 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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Benzodiazepines

By binding to specific receptor sites, these agents appear to potentiate the effects of gamma amino-butyric acid (GABA) and facilitate inhibitory GABA neurotransmission and other inhibitory transmitters.

Clonazepam (Klonopin)

Clonazepam reduces tics in some patients, although blinded controlled studies are lacking. Its half-life is longer than 30 hours, but its clinical effect wanes more rapidly.


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