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It’s time to change your view on uncontrolled movements

Recognizing tardive dyskinesia (TD)

Are your uncontrolled movements symptoms of TD?1

TD causes repetitive, unintentional movements that may be described as “twitching” or “shaking.” Movements can occur in various areas of the body, but are most typically seen in the lips, jaw, and tongue. Signs and symptoms of TD may include:

  • Lip smacking
  • Tongue thrusting
  • Rapid eye blinking
  • Facial grimacing
  • Finger tapping
  • Arm and leg movements

Only your doctor can confirm if you have TD.

Remember that everyone’s symptoms are different

What causes TD?

  • TD is caused by certain medications used to treat mental health conditions or gastrointestinal conditions2
  • Signs and symptoms can appear as early as 3 months after an individual starts taking these medications and the risk increases the longer an individual is taking one of these drugs3,4
  • Studies show that on average, 1 in 4 people taking certain medications prescribed for mental health conditions has TD5

TD is personal and everyone has a different viewpoint

There is no “typical TD.” Everyone experiences TD differently.

  • TD affects a broad range of people1
  • People with TD often have a variety of underlying medical conditions, including schizophrenia, depression, bipolar disorder, and gastrointestinal issues1
    • These different medical conditions require different treatment plans
  • The severity of TD can range from mild to severe6

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References: 1. Warikoo N, Schwartz T, Citrome L. Tardive dyskinesia. In: Schwartz TL, Megna J, Topel ME, eds. Antipsychotic drugs. Hauppauge, NY: Nova Science Publishers. 2013:235-258. 2. Tardive dyskinesia. MedlinePlus website. https://medlineplus.gov/ency/article/000685.htm. Accessed July 13, 2017 3. Caroff SN, Miller D, Dhopesh V, et al. Is there a rational management strategy for tardive dyskinesia? Current Psychiatry. 2011;10(10):22-32. 4. Tardive dyskinesia. NAMI website. http://www.nami.org/Learn-More/Mental-Health-Conditions/Related-Conditions/Tardive-Dyskinesia. Accessed July 13, 2017. 5. Tardive dyskinesia. Baylor College of Medicine website. https://www.bcm.edu/healthcare/care-centers/parkinsons/conditions/tardive-dyskinesia. Accessed July 13, 2017. 6. Waln O, Jankovic J. An Update on Tardive Dyskinesia: From Phenomenology to Treatment. Tremor Other Hyperkinet Mov. 2013;3:1-11.
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