Tics as a Side Effect of ADHD Medication


"My son was recently given a higher dosage of ADHD medication because of his growth. Now he seems to be having trouble with his eyes. Is this permanent or will the twitching eventually go away?"

Dr. Larry Silver specializes in treating children with attention deficit disorder (ADHD).

You do not specify the ADHD medication. I will assume it is either Ritalin, Dexedrine, or Adderall. Each of these medications can cause motor tics. What you describe is a motor tic. The medication should be discontinued. The tics should stop. Then, another medication should be considered. We do not continue on these medications when they cause a tic disorder.

Larry Silver, M.D., is clinical professor of psychiatry at Georgetown Medical Center in Washington, D.C. and director of training in child and adolescent psychiatry at Georgetown University School of Medicine. He is a former acting director and deputy director of the National Institute of Mental Health, as well as the author of Dr. Larry Silver's Advice to Parents on AD/HD and The Misunderstood Child: Understanding and Coping with Your Child's Learning Disabilities.
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