Report Wondering if we should try medication in Tourette Syndrome and Tics Posted March 11, 2011 i know I am in the minority on this board, but chose to medicate my son after his tics were interfering with his school work, peers, and other things. It has been one of the best decisions I have made for him and it has been great for us. Ryan started ticcing when he was 3 and TS runs in my exhusband's family. I tried the natural route, but alone nothing changed. By first grade his tics were affecting his abilitly to get his school work done and he was having a hard time with his peers because honestly his tics were so annoying. Ryan started on clonidine when he was almost 7. He started on a very small dose and worked his way up as he has grown to what he takes now. At first the side effects were there. He would take his pills and be asleep within 30 minutes. Also, he was much more emotional and would get angry quickly. Through trial and error I adjusted his dosage (slowly) and the time of day he takes it. He has been pretty much tic free for 2 years, has no side effects and is doing very well. He also has severe adhd and last year we started him on Strattera. Once again, it changed everything for him when it comes to his focusing and hyperactivity. He has made so many marked improvements. Along with the clonidine and straterra I give him Vitaspectrum mulitvitamins and B12. the vitamins are designed for children on the spectrum. With the combination of the clonidine, straterra, and vitaspectrum I have happy, healthy, 9 year old boy!