Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is one of the most common neurodevelopmental disorders, with around 10% of children being diagnosed. Stimulant medications like amphetamines and methylphenidate are often prescribed to help manage ADHD symptoms. However, some studies suggest there's a link between tics and ADHD medication.
We’ll explore the link between ADHD meds and tics, look at the proposed mechanisms, and discuss what parents should know before starting stimulant treatment.
Tics are sudden, rapid, recurrent motor movements or vocalizations. Examples include eye blinking, throat clearing, and repeating words or phrases. Tic disorders include provisional/transient tic disorder, chronic motor or vocal tic disorder, and Tourette Syndrome.
Several clinical studies find that ADHD medications can trigger or exacerbate tics in a subset of children....