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Tardive dyskinesia

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* Not a rare disease

Other Names for this Disease

  • Linguofacial dyskinesia
  • Tardive dystonia
  • Tardive oral dyskinesia
  • TD
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Overview

Tardive dyskinesia is a neurological movement disorder that is caused by the long-term use of a certain type of medications called neuroleptics. Neuroleptic drugs are usually prescribed for psychiatric conditions, although they may be used to treat gastrointestinal or neurological conditions in some cases.[1] Tardive dyskinesia is primarily characterized by repetitive involuntary movements of the jaw, lips and tongue such as grimacing; sticking out the tongue; and smacking, puckering and pursing the lips. Some affected people may also experience involuntary rapid, jerking movements (chorea) or slow, writhing movements (athetosis) of the arms and/or legs. It is unclear why some people who take neuroleptic medications develop these symptoms while others do not.[2] Treatment for this condition varies but may include stopping or minimizing the use of neuroleptic drugs and/or taking additional medications to to reduce the severity of the symptoms.[1][2]
Last updated: 12/18/2014

References

  1. NINDS Tardive Dyskinesia Information Page. National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke. April 2014; http://www.ninds.nih.gov/disorders/tardive/tardive.htm.
  2. Tardive Dyskinesia. NORD. February 2012; http://www.rarediseases.org/rare-disease-information/rare-diseases/byID/493/viewFullReport.
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Other Names for this Disease
  • Linguofacial dyskinesia
  • Tardive dystonia
  • Tardive oral dyskinesia
  • TD
See Disclaimer regarding information on this site. Some links on this page may take you to organizations outside of the National Institutes of Health.