HOME >> MEDICINE >> NEWS
Effective treatment for children with ADHD and chronic tic disorders

ST. PAUL, MN Research has recently revealed an effective drug therapy for children who have chronic tic disorders (including Tourettes syndrome) concurrent with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). As many as nine in 10 children with tic disorders also have ADHD. Previously, the use of medications most commonly prescribed to treat children with ADHD had been discouraged for those who also had tic disorders, either because their benefits had not been clinically established or had been associated with a worsening of tics.

The stimulant methylphenidate (MPH), also known as Ritalin, has long been the mainstay of treatment for ADHD, with clonidine as the most commonly prescribed alternative. A new study, published in Neurology, the scientific journal of the American Academy of Neurology, has demonstrated that both MPH and clonidine, especially when used together, are effective in treating these children, with minimal side effects.

The most effective treatment for ADHD in our trial was the combination of clonidine and MPH, according to study author Roger Kurlan, MD, of the University of Rochester Medical Center in New York. Improvements related to MPH were observed in the areas of on task behavior and attentiveness, while improvements related to clonidine included reduced occurrence of crying, frustration, restlessness, excitability and impulsiveness.

The 136 study participants, ages seven 14, were divided into four groups and were administered: MPH alone; clonidine alone; MPH and clonidine; and placebo. The placebo group was included as no medication had been previously established to be effective or well-tolerated for treatment of ADHD coupled with chronic tic disorders.

Participants responses were measured using ten rating scales, including teacher and parent observation and task and functioning testing, at baseline and every four weeks of the 16-week study. Not only did tics not worsen during treatment with MPH, the
'"/>

Contact: Cheryl Alementi
calementi@aan.com
651-695-2737
American Academy of Neurology
25-Feb-2002


Page: 1 2

Related medicine news :

1. HIV-1 protease inhibitors: Effective against malaria?
2. Effectiveness of safer smallpox vaccine demonstrated against monkeypox
3. Effectiveness of chickenpox vaccine decreases after one year
4. Effective treatment for diabetes depends on the underlying cause
5. Effectiveness of drugs used to treat Parkinsons disease in early, later stages measured
6. Effective Clinical Practice, Jan/Feb. 2002 Highlights
7. Effective surgery fails to attract patients unless costs are low
8. Effective Clinical Practice, Nov/Dec 2000 highlights
9. Effective Clinical Practice, Sept/Oct 2000 highlights
10. Randomized Contolled Study Shows Neostigmine Is An Effective Treatment For Acute Colonic Pseudo-Obstruction
11. Anal Cancer Screening For HIV-Positive Gay And Bisexual Men Would Save Lives And Be Cost Effective, New Study Shows

Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:


(Date:9/11/2019)... ... September 11, 2019 , ... Workplace injuries cost individuals, organisations ... injury risks which lead to musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs). , Starting with the ... team at Soter Analytics helps avoid ergonomic injury by coaching workers ...
(Date:9/11/2019)... ... September 11, 2019 , ... ... September 11-14 in Minneapolis at the Mall of America Radisson Blu. Four experts ... faculty members for the high-profile, knee-focused conference, which brings together more than 100 ...
(Date:9/11/2019)... GULF BREEZE, Fla. (PRWEB) , ... September 11, 2019 , ... ... what has caused damage or injury to the body. , Methamphetamine permanently harms the ... it. Through autopsies, doctors are getting a better understanding of how the damage occurs. ...
(Date:9/11/2019)... Calif. (PRWEB) , ... September 11, 2019 , ... Executives ... and magnitude of change in the healthcare industry over the past several years has ... a lot worse. The future of healthcare in America will depend largely on how ...
(Date:9/11/2019)... ... 10, 2019 , ... Four Shriners for Children Medical Center ... recognized among the best doctors in the San Gabriel Valley for providing high-quality, ... H. Cho, M.D. – Chief of Staff, scoliosis, spinal deformity surgery, limb deformity, ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:9/14/2019)... YORK (PRWEB) , ... September 13, 2019 , ... ... were allegedly sexually abused by Dr. Reginald Archibald over at least 3 ... lawsuits, including Poppel v. Rockefeller (United States District Court - Southern District of New ...
(Date:9/14/2019)... ... September 13, 2019 , ... St. Joseph’s ... to celebrate the structural topping out of the St. Joseph’s Hospital patient tower ... include a new six-story patient tower that will house a two-story lobby, waiting ...
(Date:9/12/2019)... ... September 12, 2019 , ... Stratosphere Networks will sponsor ... take place on Monday, October 7 at Found Kitchen and Social House in Evanston ... research on GRIN2B-Related Neurodevelopmental Disorder. GRIN2B is a gene on the short arm of ...
Breaking Medicine Technology:
Cached News: