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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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Treatment

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How might tardive dyskinesia be treated?

The treatment for tardive dyskinesia varies from person to person. Initial treatment usually consists of discontinuing the use of neuroleptic medications if it is safe for the affected person. In people with severe psychiatric conditions, this may not be an option, although the neuroleptic drug can sometimes be replaced with an alternative medication.[1][2]

Other medications can be prescribed to specifically treat the signs and symptoms of tardive dyskinesia. In some affected people, these drugs help reduce the severity of involuntary movements. For example, a medication called tetrabenazine has been approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the treatment of tardive dyskinesia. Other drugs such as benzodiazepines, clozapine, or botulinum toxin (Botox) injections also may be tried.[1][3]
Last updated: 12/19/2014

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.
  3. James Robert Brasic, MD, MPH. Tardive Dyskinesia. Medscape Reference. July 2014; http://emedicine.medscape.com/article/1151826-overview#a1.


Clinical Trials & Research for this Disease

  • ClinicalTrials.gov lists trials that are studying or have studied Tardive dyskinesia. Click on the link to go to ClinicalTrials.gov to read descriptions of these studies.
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.