How does Tardive Dyskinesia (TD) affect daily life?

Tardive dyskinesia affects individuals who have been taking neuroleptic drugs for a long period of time. A high percentage of schizophrenic people who have spent long periods of time taking these drugs have a high risk of developing TD. However, neuroleptic drugs are also prescribed for depression, some digestive disorders, and other neurologic illnesses.

When your doctor prescribes a new drug to treat a mental health disorder, ask about its side effects. The benefits of the drug should outweigh the risks.

If you have movement problems, tell your doctor but don't stop taking the drug on your own. Your doctor can take you off the medicine that caused the movements, or lower the dose.

You might need to switch to a newer antipsychotic drug that may be less likely to cause TD.


There's no proof that natural remedies can treat it, but some might help with movements:

  • Ginkgo biloba
     
  • Melatonin
     
  • Vitamin B6
     
  • Vitamin E


Talk to your doctor before you take any supplements for your symptoms.

 

 

 

 

 

 


Sources:

Goldberg, Joseph. “Tardive Dyskinesia: Definition, Symptoms, Causes, Treatment.” WebMD, WebMD, 13 Jan. 2019, www.webmd.com/schizophrenia/tardive-dyskinesia#1.

“NAMI.” NAMI, www.nami.org/learn-more/treatment/mental-health-medications/tardive-dyskinesia.

“Tardive Dyskinesia (TD).” Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance, www.dbsalliance.org/education/related-concerns/tardive-dyskinesia-td/.

“Tardive Dyskinesia and Movement Disorders.” Cleveland Clinic, my.clevelandclinic.org/health/articles/6125-tardive-dyskinesia.

“Tardive Dyskinesia.” NORD (National Organization for Rare Disorders), rarediseases.org/rare-diseases/tardive-dyskinesia/.

“Understanding Tardive Dyskinesia.” Mayo Clinic, Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research, www.mayoclinic.org/understanding-tardive-dyskinesia/scs-20460027.

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