(10/30/13) - For the first time in a long time, there is a new treatment that could help kids with Tourette's Syndrome get some relief. Blinking and grunting are among the involuntary movements and vocalizations that can impact a child's ability to learn and socialize at school.
Henry D'Alessio got his first guitar four years ago. It was the same year he was diagnosed with Tourette's.
"My neck, was, kept going back and forth, like that," Henry says.
Hi mother, Darinka adds, "these movements were so intense and there were so many of them, if you were stopped at a stop light, the car would actually move."
Henry takes medication to help control it, but it has also caused him to gain 60 pounds in two years. It is a common side effect of current drug therapies.
"A lot of weight gain and sometimes the emergence of other involuntary movements, sometimes cardiac problems, sleepiness, fatigue," says Katie Kompoliti of Rush University Medical Center.
Now, Kompoliti says, a new investigational drug used to treat schizophrenia and depression could treat the disorder with fewer side effects, "it's going to work for tics because it blocks dopamine."
It is the first Tourette's drug available in pill form, which, Kompoliti adds, is a pretty big deal, "nobody likes to get shots."
The phase three trial is currently recruiting kids with Tourette's in 100 centers around the world.
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