People with TS often have other conditions, such as OCD and ADHD. It is important to know about the risks of medications used to treat these conditions and ways to monitor and prevent side effects of these medications.
This article is intended for physicians and other health providers who work with children with TS. Key highlights from the article include:
· Many individuals may be prescribed medications to help manage their symptoms, but these can have side-effects such as weight gain and metabolic dysfunction (conditions related to increased blood pressure, high blood sugar, increased body fat and/or high cholesterol levels that can increase risk of heart disease, stroke, and diabetes). Therefore, it is important that physicians carefully follow patients while they are taking medication.
· Doctors should teach patients about the side effects and how to monitor their physical health, while taking medication. In some instances they may want to provide referrals to a dietician or exercise professional for further guidance and support.
· Parents and caregivers can play a crucial role in helping their child with healthy eating and taking part in regular physical activity that can be used at home and in school.