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What's the treatment for tardive dyskinesia?

There is no standard treatment for tardive dyskinesia. Treatment is highly individualized. The primary approach is to discontinue or minimize the use of antipsychotic drugs while attempting to treat some of the symptoms. The treatment must be individualized to the patient, because discontinuation of the antipsychotic drug(s) may not be advisable, depending on the patient's condition. In some cases, substituting another drug for the antipsychotic drug may be beneficial. There is some evidence that benztropine or diphenhydramine can prevent tardive dyskinesia, and these are often given with antipsychotics. When tardive dyskinesia develops, the first step is generally to stop or minimize the use of the neuroleptic drug. However, for patients with a severe underlying condition this may not be a feasible option. Replacing the neuroleptic drug with substitute drugs may help some patients.

More informatin on tardive dyskinesia

What is tardive dyskinesia? - Tardive dyskinesia is a mostly irreversible neurological disorder of involuntary movements caused by long-term use of antipsychotic or neuroleptic drugs.
What causes tardive dyskinesia? - Tardive dyskinesia is caused by the use of neuroleptic drugs that are prescribed to treat certain psychiatric or gastrointestinal conditions.
What're the symptoms of tardive dyskinesia? - Symptoms of tardive dyskinesia include grimacing, tongue protrusion, lip smacking, puckering and pursing of the lips, and rapid eye blinking.
How is tardive dyskinesia diagnosed? - Diagnosis of tardive dyskinesia is based on symptoms and a history of taking an antipsychotic, a related drug, or a tricyclic antidepressant for a long time.
What's the treatment for tardive dyskinesia? - There is no standard treatment for tardive dyskinesia. The treatment must be individualized to the patient depending on the patient's condition.
How to prevent tardive dyskinesia? - Tardive dyskinesia can be prevented by early recognition and discontinuation of the antipsychotic medication if this is clinically possible.
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