VIDEO - Learn About Tardive Dyskinesia (TD)

Have others noticed your uncontrollable movements?

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If someone asks why your body is rocking, swaying, or moving beyond your control, you may want to discuss these movements with your doctor.

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What causes TD?

Tardive dyskinesia (TD) is associated with taking certain kinds of important medications, such as antipsychotics, that help control dopamine, a chemical in the brain.

Antipsychotics are prescribed to treat conditions like

Other medications used to treat upset stomach, nausea, and vomiting may also cause TD.

When can TD start?

Tardive dyskinesia (TD) symptoms may emerge after a few months of taking antipsychotic medications. In some cases, symptoms may not even start until after the medications are stopped.

In addition to taking antipsychotic medications, the following factors may also play a role in your risk for TD:

While working to control dopamine in one part of the brain, antipsychotic medications can make other parts of the brain more sensitive to dopamine, which may be associated with the movements of TD.

What does TD look like?

Tardive dyskinesia (TD) means having uncontrollable movements in your body.

TD is often seen in the lips, jaw, tongue, and eyes. It can also affect other parts of the body, including the upper body, arms, hands, legs, and feet.

TD can look or feel different from day to day

Movements may appear

Specific TD Movements Include

Lip puckering, pouting, or smacking

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Jaw biting, clenching, or side-to-side movements

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Excessive blinking or squinting again and again

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Tongue darting, sticking out, or pushing inside of cheek

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Rocking, leaning back, or torso and hip shifting

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Twisting hands or dancing fingers

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Gripping feet or stretched toes

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Speak up! Talk with your healthcare provider right away if you or someone you care about is experiencing these uncontrolled movements.

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