What is an alternative drug to Haldol because the holiday doll is taking my sex life away from me I have no desire and I am being withdrawn from family and friends I am looking for another drug that will treat my Tourette's but not how it
Hi, Russel! Haldol, unfortunately, is one of the primary medications prescribed for the treatment of Tourette's but as you know it does come with side effects, as do all medications.
Depending on how your symptoms display you might respond to new generation antipsychotics, antidepressants, or some anticonvulsants.
"Medications that block or lessen dopamine. Fluphenazine, haloperidol (Haldol), risperidone (Risperdal) and pimozide (Orap) can help control tics. Possible side effects include weight gain and involuntary repetitive movements. Tetrabenazine (Xenazine) might be recommended, although it may cause severe depression.
Botulinum (Botox) injections. An injection into the affected muscle might help relieve a simple or vocal tic.
ADHD medications. Stimulants such as methylphenidate (Metadate CD, Ritalin LA, others) and medications containing dextroamphetamine (Adderall XR, Dexedrine, others) can help increase attention and concentration. However, for some people with Tourette syndrome, medications for ADHD can exacerbate tics.
Central adrenergic inhibitors. Medications such as clonidine (Catapres, Kapvay) and guanfacine (Intuniv) — typically prescribed for high blood pressure — might help control behavioral symptoms such as impulse control problems and rage attacks. Side effects may include sleepiness.
Antidepressants. Fluoxetine (Prozac, Sarafem, others) might help control symptoms of sadness, anxiety and OCD.
Antiseizure medications. Recent studies suggest that some people with Tourette syndrome respond to topiramate (Topamax), which is used to treat epilepsy".
You'll need to work closely with your doctor, hopefully a specialist, to find the right medication for your particular situation.
Best regards and best of luck to you! Wildcat
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