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June 07, 2007
Tardive Dyskinesia and Tardive Dystonia - Medications Side Effects
We were at the UCSF medical school today and one of the professors mentioned that there were some Internet videos that highlighted tardive dyskinesia and tardive dystonia. We've identified one of the videos below that highlights this medication side-effect so as to make you aware of this possible problem and to be sure to watch for it and talk to your doctor immediately if you begin to experience it.
Tardive Dykinesia and Dystonia have in the past been primarily linked to use of the first generation antipsychotic medications (haldol, etc.) but there seems to be a small but increasing number of people reporting the side-effect even when on the second generation (newer) antipsychotics.
Tardive Dyskinesia (TD) is an involuntary neurological movement disorder side-effect that impacts some people, and which is caused by the use of antipsychotic medications.
The reasons that some people who take antipsychotic medications may get Tardive Dyskinesia, and some people do not, is unknown. Tardive Dystonia is believed to be the more severe form of Tardive Dyskinesia.
Treatment of tardive dyskinesia may require a combination of both dopamine-depleting agents and dopamine-blocking drugs. In some cases, botulinum toxin may be used as an add-on treatment for some disabling dystonic movements.
For more information see this web page: Tardive Dyskinesia
There is some evidence that suggests Vitamin E may help in the treatment of Tardive Dyskinesia, see this link: Vitamin E and other Antioxidants (for Tardive Dyskinesia)
Following is a video that shows a woman who has Tardive Dystonia:
Posted by szadmin at June 7, 2007 12:45 PM
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