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Treatments available for drug-induced Tardive Dyskinesia

There is no known cure for Tardive Dyskinesia, a serious movement disorder linked to some psychiatric drugs and metoclopramide, a medication used to treat heartburn, GERD, and other gastrointestinal disorders. The condition, identified by involuntary movements such as jerks, eye blinking, and muscle contractions of the face and limbs, usually develops after long-term use of the medications. Symptoms often persist even after the medication has been stopped. Use of the drugs that cause Tardive Dyskinesia also can mask symptoms, which can mean symptoms become more pronounced after the medication stops. Medications most often associated with Tardive Dyskinesia include metoclopramide, known ... Read More

Few resources available for those with Tardive Dyskinesia

People with movement disorders that are inherited or caused by infection or other occurrences, such as Parkinson’s disease, have a bevy of resources available. But for those whose debilitating condition came as a result of medication have little support. The National Empowerment Center, an organization dedicated to those with mental illness, is raising awareness and educating the public about such conditions in hopes to change that trend. Tardive Dyskinesia and Tardive Dystonia are serious movement disorders caused by psychiatric medications. Earlier this year, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a black box warning to patients and health care providers ... Read More