Systematic Review: Pharmacological Treatment of Tic Disorders - Efficacy of Antipsychotic and Alpha-2 Adrenergic Agonist Agents.

ArticleinNeuroscience & Biobehavioral Reviews 37(6) · October 2012with22 Reads
DOI: 10.1016/j.neubiorev.2012.09.008 · Source: PubMed
We conducted a meta-analysis of randomized, placebo-controlled trials to determine the efficacy of antipsychotic and alpha-2 agonists in the treatment of chronic tic disorders and examine moderators of treatment effect. Meta-analysis demonstrated a significant benefit of antipsychotics compared to placebo (standardized mean difference (SMD)=0.58 (95% confidence interval (CI): 0.36-0.80). Stratified subgroup analysis found no significant difference in the efficacy of the 4 antipsychotic agents tested (risperidone, pimozide, haloperidol and ziprasidone). Meta-analysis also demonstrated a benefit of alpha-2 agonists compared to placebo (SMD=0.31 (95% confidence interval CI: 0.15-0.48). Stratified subgroup analysis and meta-regression demonstrated a significant moderating effect of co-occurring ADHD. Trials which enrolled subjects with tics and ADHD demonstrated a medium-to-large effect (SMD=0.68 (95%CI: 0.36-1.01) whereas trials that excluded subjects with ADHD demonstrated a small, non-significant benefit (SMD=0.15 (95%CI: -0.06-0.36). Our findings demonstrated significant benefit of both antipsychotics and alpha-2 agonists in treating tics but suggest alpha-2 agonists may have minimal benefit in tic patients without ADHD.
    • "A meta-analysis of eight randomized controlled trials involving 438 subjects with TS concluded that CBIT produced moderate treatment effects and participants receiving CBITwere more likely to exhibit a treatment response compared to control interven- tions [112]. There is a paucity of standardized, large evidence-based drug trials in TS [113]. Pharmacologically, often the first line of TS treatment are the alpha agonists guanfacine [114] and clonidine [115]. "
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    • "Additionally , several of the most effective medications used to treat tics have significant side effects (Robertson et al. 2000; Roessner and Rothenberger 2013). Antipsychotic agents, which are primarily D2-receptor antagonists, are the most effective treatment currently available for TS (Weisman et al. 2013). Randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trials (RCT) estimate that antipsychotic agents reduce tic severity on average by 20–30% compared with placebo (Dion et al. 2002;.]), the Tourette Syndrome Association, the Patterson and Rembrandt Foundation, Grifols (formerly Talecris [J.F.L.]), and the UL1 RR024139 from the National Center for Research Resources, a component of the NIH, and NIH roadmap for Medical Research (M.H.B.). "
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    • "Given the worsening of his tics and ADHD, David was reevaluated by his neurologist who prescribed guanfacine (an alpha-2 agonist), titrated slowly to a maximum tolerable dose of 2.5 mg/day in three divided doses (1 mg dose in the morning, 0.5 mg dose in the afternoon, and 1 mg dose at bedtime). Alpha-2 agonists have been shown to be effective for managing ADHD symptoms and have also been shown to modestly reduce tics in some children with ADHD (Weisman et al. 2012). Given the potential for adverse side effects from more potent tic-suppressing medications (see McNaught and Mink 2011, for a review ), the neurologist also recommended a trial of CBIT prior to initiating additional psychotropic medication for his tics. "
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