|Sometimes you want your volume taken all the way to 11!|
You'll notice that I said somewhat. The biggest problem was that as much as my life was improved by the meds I found that the side effects negatively affected it too. I was very drowzy and often had to work through a "fog" in my brain. I had grown used to living with TS and being completely uninhibited. The meds tended to dial my volume down and a lot of the things that came to me naturally became very hard work.
In the end I ended dumping all of the meds into my dorm room toilet one night. After three years with living on the meds I found it was too much. And I also found that the therapy and the anger management gave me the skills to deal with the symptoms that put me on a level that I didn't need the meds anymore. I eventually made the decision that the meds were holding me down.
So if you're trying the medication route with your kids also consider taking them to a therapist that will help them recognize their behavioral and body cues and give them tactics to fight back. And talk with your kids to make sure that the side effects aren't negatively affecting them. Tourettes becomes a lifestyle, like the operating system on a computer. Make sure that changing or upgrading anything won't negatively affect their day to day life.