Pharmacology/Tourette's

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Something_meta wrote at 2013-03-13 05:40:28
I was diagnosed with tourettes when I was 8 years old.  I refused the medications that my neurologist prescribed because I didn't like the way they made me feel.  Mercifully my parents allowed me to stop using them. I have lived with tourettes my whole life and just a few months ago I broke my leg.  I noticed a significant drop in my ticcing while taking a relatively low dose of hydrocodone (7.5 mg four times daily). After a little digging I found that opiates tend to excite dopaminergic neurons which makes it easier to receive the "dopamine reward" which,as I'm sure you know, is the cause of Tourette's syndrome.  I discussed this with my orthopedic surgeon but have not yet taken this to an internist or neurologist.  


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Joe Haynes, R.Ph., MBA

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I can answer pharmacy/pharmacology questions as they relate to both pediatric and adult therapies. Please note that since I practice in Florida that I may not be able to answer specific questions regarding pharmacy practice in your state. As a disclaimer, I have no financial interest in recommending or failing to recommend any drug product. My goal is to give you the best answer to your questions regardless of product.

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I have 24 years experience in pharmacy practice including pediatric and adult hospital, home-infusion, and long-term care (nursing home/ALF). I enjoy assisting with pediatric dosing and medication questions since children respond differently and are dosed differently than adults. I can help you determine if the dose you want to administer to your child is appropriate. I am currently director of pharmacy for a small community hospital in St. Petersburg, FL.

Organizations
Florida Society of Health-Systems Pharmacists American Society of Health-Systems Pharmacists Florida Pharmacy Association

Education/Credentials
BS in Microbiology from Auburn University (1989) BS in Pharmacy from Northeastern University (1994) MBA (generalist) from St. Leo University (2005)

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