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Review: could Ritalin cause Tourette syndrome (Gilles de la Tourette syndrome)?

Summary: Tourette syndrome is found among people who take Ritalin, especially for people who are male, 0-1 old, have been taking the drug for 2 - 5 years, also take medication Pristiq, and have Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.

We study 9,709 people who have side effects while taking Ritalin from FDA and social media. Among them, 20 have Tourette syndrome. Find out below who they are, when they have Tourette syndrome and more.

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Ritalin

Ritalin has active ingredients of methylphenidate hydrochloride. It is often used in narcolepsy. (latest outcomes from 11,219 Ritalin users)

Tourette syndrome

Tourette syndrome (a neurological disorder characterized by repetitive, stereotyped, involuntary movements and vocalizations called tics) has been reported by people with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, gilles de la tourette syndrome, depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder, multiple myeloma. (latest reports from 974 Tourette syndrome patients)

On Mar, 5, 2015: 9,709 people reported to have side effects when taking Ritalin. Among them, 20 people (0.21%) have Tourette Syndrome.

Trend of Tourette syndrome in Ritalin reports

Time on Ritalin when people have Tourette syndrome * :

< 1 month1 - 6 months6 - 12 months1 - 2 years2 - 5 years5 - 10 years10+ years
Tourette syndrome0.00%0.00%0.00%0.00%100.00%0.00%0.00%

Gender of people who have Tourette syndrome when taking Ritalin * :

FemaleMale
Tourette syndrome9.52%90.48%

Age of people who have Tourette syndrome when taking Ritalin * :

0-12-910-1920-2930-3940-4950-5960+
Tourette syndrome52.94%23.53%5.88%0.00%17.65%0.00%0.00%0.00%

Severity of Tourette syndrome when taking Ritalin ** :

n/a

How people recovered from Tourette syndrome ** :

n/a

Top conditions involved for these people * :

  1. Attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (13 people, 65.00%)
  2. Psychomotor hyperactivity (3 people, 15.00%)
  3. Bipolar disorder (2 people, 10.00%)

Top co-used drugs for these people * :

  1. Pristiq (8 people, 40.00%)
  2. Omega 3, 6, 9 (8 people, 40.00%)
  3. Zopiclone (3 people, 15.00%)
  4. Mometasone furoate (3 people, 15.00%)
  5. Ritalin-sr (3 people, 15.00%)

* Approximation only. Some reports may have incomplete information.

** Reports from social media are used.

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