Understanding Tardive Dyskinesia

Has your doctor talked with you about a potential side effect called tardive dyskinesia (TD)? This condition can—but does not always—occur with long-term use of certain types of medications, such as antipsychotics. You might develop involuntary, purposeless, and repetitive movements of the face/mouth or body. In some cases, TD is irreversible even if you stop taking the medication that triggered the side effect. But now, TD can be treated.

Did You Know?

  • The biggest risk factors for TD are increasing age, being female, and having taken antipsychotic medications for months or years, especially if you had side effects like stiffness and tremor.
  • Early signs of TD often are jerky, irregular movements in the face, lips, tongue, arms, legs, hands, feet, and trunk.
  • Treatments for TD are now available, and studies have shown that these new medications are effective and well tolerated.

Could You or a Loved One Have TD?

Ask yourself the following questions. If you or your loved one might be experiencing TD, talk with your health care provider.

  • Are you taking a medication that can trigger TD? If so, have you been taking it for a long time?
  • Have you noticed any abnormal movements? Or has a friend or loved one noticed these symptoms?
  • Did you have any abnormal movements when you started taking the medication?
  • Have the movements limited your life?

Hear From People Who Have Experienced TD

Visit www.cmeinstitute.com/patients to watch brief videos featuring a nationally recognized psychiatrist, his patients, and their family members.

The 6 brief videos cover a range of topics:

The earlier TD is diagnosed, the better. If you or a loved one could have TD, don’t wait to contact your health care provider because treatment is available. Together, you can determine a treatment plan that is right for you.

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