Thursday, October 19, 2006

Clinic Notes: Tourette’s Syndrome

Tourette's is easy to spot in public. The motor and verbal tics are obvious. Haloperidol is an effective but unpopular treatment for Tourette’s. In animal models of Tourette’s, nicotine potentiates the effects of haloperidol. In other words, a smaller dose of haloperidol can be effectively given. I don’t know of any studies that have used nicotine to potentiate haloperidal in humans with Tourette’s. Patients with schizophrenia are deficient in nicotinic cholinergic neural transmission. Many smoke to make up for their nicotine deficiency.
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