Statement From the FDA: ADHD & Stimulants in Tourette

A statement from the FDA on screening for Tourette in a patient with ADHD before prescribing stimulants:

“Tics: Amphetamines have been reported to exacerbate motor and phonic tics and Tourette’s syndrome. Therefore, clinical evaluation for tics and Tourette’s syndrome in children and their families should precede use of stimulant medications.”

ADHD is present in up to 90+% of those with Tourette; as a result I’ve come across several studies which recommend the screening for Tourette in patients with ADHD. There’s a known connection, though the pathophysiology of it this connection is still uncertain, between the two disorders.