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Because tic symptoms do not often cause harm, the majority of people with Tourette syndrome require no medication for tic suppression. However, effective medications are available for those whose symptoms interfere with functioning. There is also medication that can be used for the treatment of behavioral conditions that can occur.
Keep in mind, however, that there is no one medication that is helpful for all people with the condition, nor does any medication completely eliminate symptoms of Tourette syndrome. In addition, all medications may have side effects.
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Although Tourette syndrome is generally lifelong and chronic, it is not a degenerative condition. Individuals with the condition have a normal life expectancy, and the condition does not impair intelligence.
For many individuals, symptoms improve in the late teens and early 20s. As a result, some may actually become symptom-free or no longer need medication for tic suppression. While tic symptoms tend to decrease with age, it is possible that behavioral conditions, such as depression, panic attacks, mood swings, and antisocial behaviors, can persist and cause impairment in adult life.
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Tourette syndrome is named for Dr. Georges Gilles de la Tourette, the pioneering French neurologist who, in 1885, first described the condition in an 86-year-old French noblewoman.