Re: motor tics
I haven't been to this board in quite a while, and was just about to post something about tics and meds. I had the same issue when I put my 13 y.o. on Metadate. We switched him to Concerta, but the tics persisted. After months of struggles with this issue, I had decided that I couldn't possibly do this to him anymore. I was scared to death that I might cause permanent damage to him, and I just couldn't do it.
However, after doing yet another google search on adhd medication and tics, I came across something that I had somehow missed before. The article stated that concerta, and other stimulants, actually can drain the adrenal glands of magnesium, causing tics. I looked up magnesium and tics, magnesium and concerta, etc. I decided, what the heck - I will try it. I ordered a bottle of Magnesium Glycinate online and started giving it to him.
This was two weeks weeks ago. His tics are GONE. Not diminished, not occassional, but totally and completely gone. I cannot tell you how stunned I was. It took three days, but it worked. I give him 200 mg every day, 100 mg in the morning before his Concerta, and 100 mg in the evening.
It's too soon to tell if this is a permanent soluation. When he is not on meds (weekends), he still has no tics. I will continue to see if this pattern holds true. It's early yet, but it certainly looks promising!