Check out this video for some examples! (Note - there is a full description of this video behind the jump at the end of this post. Feel free to use the way I describe the movements in your own writing!).
While TD is usually pretty noticeable, it can be subtle in the early stages (note the lip puckering in #5 and the cheek muscle in #7 in the video above).
Symptoms of TD get worse when the person is more emotional, and they mostly disappear when the person is asleep.
What causes TD?
The current theory is that TD is caused by a dopamine blockade at the D2 receptors, which causes a compensatory supersensitivity to dopamine.
I know I’ve lost you. Hell, a few months ago I would have been lost too!
So I have a story that will (hopefully) clear things up a little.
Reece has just gotten a new roommate, Anne. This is a pretty sweet deal for Reece, as he gets to save money and thus overall improve his quality of life.
However, it soon becomes clear that Reece and Anne aren’t a good fit. Anne is a bit of a slob and doesn’t do chores.
While he at first tidied up after her, Reece eventually can’t take it anymore. He confronts Anne, and she doesn’t take it well. She tells him that she’s not going to change, and that if her messiness bothers him, he should just clean up her messes for her.
After this conversation, Reece and Anne are no longer on friendly terms with one another, and now resent each other so much that they’ll never be able to be friends again.
Now, the little things that Reece used to let slide (like leaving dishes in the sink) become grounds for a screaming argument. He has become supersensitive to the things Anne does, and the slightest thing can activate his rage. The longer Reece lives with Anne, the worse things are going to get.
Reece eventually kicks Anne out and tries to find a new roommate. However, Reece’s normal state now is that of being supersensitive; even though Anne is gone, he’s still wary of future roommates, just in case they’re going to be like Anne. Reece becomes so intolerant of messiness that he’ll even yell at his friends and family if they so much as track a tiny bit of mud into the house or leave a cup on the table.
After living with Anne, Reese’s low tolerance for messiness never goes away.
Reese is your D2 Receptors and Anne is an antipsychotic. The “messes” Reese cleans up is dopamine. Reese’s permanent low tolerance for messiness is compensatory supersensitivity to dopamine. The angry outbursts whenever Reese has to deal with messes are what cause tardive dyskinesia.
There are a number of factors that can increase the risk of developing TD, but the most important one is how old the character is. Elderly people are ~3 times more likely than younger people to develop TD.
Another big risk factor is what medication your character is taking, as well as how big a dosage it is.
Older antipsychotics (aka typical antipsychotics) like haliperidol (Haldol) and chlorpromazine (Thorazine) are associated with high rates of causing TD. While generally atypical antipsychotics don’t cause TD at anywhere near the same rate, using a high enough dose of an atypical antipsychotic means that it actually becomes just as likely to cause TD as a typical one.
Note: One atypical antipsychotic, Clozapine, is notable for its extremely low rate of causing TD (it’s so low that it’s at the point that many researchers describe it as never causing TD). However, it has a potentially deadly side effect that requires getting regular blood tests as long as you take it. As such, it’s not frequently prescribed unless other antipsychotics aren’t working or someone already has TD and they’re trying to keep it from progressing.
Why are typical and atypical antipsychotics different?
The fancy psych answer is that typical antipsychotics have high affinity for dopamine D2 receptors, and atypical antipsychotics not only have a lower affinity to those receptors, but they also work on serotonin receptors.
WTF does that mean? Well, let’s go back to the roommate analogy!
A typical antipsychotic is like having a roommate that rarely leaves the house. It’s a lot easier to get overwhelmed by their messiness, because they’re constantly there creating it.
An atypical antipsychotic is like having a roommate that has a significant other and stays over at their place half of the time. It’s still possible to end up with a bad roommate, but because they’re not always around, it’s not as likely you’ll reach that point of no return.
What treatments are available?
CW: brief suicide mention
There is no cure for tardive dyskinesia once it develops. Taking someone off the antipsychotic quickly can prevent TD from getting worse, but that can result in a relapse of the symptoms that necessitated taking the antipsychotic in the first place. Your character may need to be switched to a different medication that has a lower rate of causing TD (see Clozapine above).
There are some ways to manage symptoms once they’ve developed:
Valbenazine is a brand-spanking-new drug that was only approved a few months ago! It’s really promising, and doesn’t seem to have that many side effects.
Tetrabenazine - this was traditionally used to treat TD, but it can have some serious side effects and can increase the risk of suicide.
There are other medications, but they seem to have mixed support as to their efficacy.
Also, interestingly, if someone has smaller, simple, more localized movements (think the cheek movements in #7 in the video), botox can actually be used to paralyze the affected muscle.
Why bother writing about this?
Well, it adds an element of realism to a character who’s taking antipsychotics. Even if you don’t want your character to develop tardive dyskinesia, it could be something your character worries about while taking the drugs, or even be given as a reason they don’t want to take them!
It’s the kind of detail that the Shrink never sees addressed in media, and I’ll automatically give bonus points to anything that includes a detail like this.
Just a little information for you all:: If you’re taking any antipsychotic or mood stabilizing medication(s), it’s very important that you look out for Tardive Dyskinesia. It is a disorder caused by these medications (usually long term use) where you get uncontrollable muscle ticks or twitches (such as tongue movements, jaw, eyebrows, eyelids, etc), most commonly in the face. If not addressed asap it can become permanent. Most med prescribers are pretty clear about this being a risk but some are not. I’m going to have to stop taking my recent med increase because I’m developing it in the muscles surrounding my eyes :’(
Tardive dyskinesia is characterized by repetitive, involuntary, purposeless movements, such as grimacing, tongue protrusion, lip smacking, puckering and pursing of the lips, and rapid eye blinking. Rapid movements of the extremities may also occur. Impaired movements of the fingers may also appear.
It frequently appears after long-term or high-dose use of antipsychotic drugs, or in children and infants as a side effect from usage of drugs for gastrointestinal disorders prevention.
Reglan Side Effects Elicit Lawsuits and Black Box Warning
For more than two decades, the gastrointestinal drug Reglan, as well as generic versions, have been administered to millions of individuals. Only recently, in February 2009, did the FDA require that the drug carry a “black box” warning on its label. This black box warning is the strongest cautionary measure the agency can assign to a prescription drug.
This advisory measure applies to Reglan as well as any generics which contain the active ingredient metroclopramide. This chemical has been found to cause tardive dyskinesia, a severe and sometimes permanent neurological disorder that adversely affects the face and lower limbs.
Increasing Momentum of Reglan Lawsuits
Reglan and its generics are prescribed by doctors in order to treat gastrointestinal disorders such as gastroesophageal reflux disease and diabetic gastroparesis. Reglan is an antiemetic, which means that it works to prevent vomiting, as well as a gastroprokinetic agent, which is a drug that enhances the physical gastrointestinal processes. It is used by patients who need assistance in keeping food down and digesting it properly.
Reglan was originally introduced in 1989 by Wyeth, now a subsidiary of Pfizer. In 2001, Schwarz Pharma acquired the rights to Reglan. It has been available exclusively in generic metoclopramide form since 2008.
Now, hundreds of Reglan lawsuits are pending across several states in the nation. Plaintiffs claim they were never sufficiently warned of the possible serious side effects of metoclopramide. The Supreme Court is expected to deliver a major decision in June 2011 which will determine whether generic manufacturers may be held liable for omitting the warning, even if it was never included on the drug’s original labeling. This issue has troubled both state and federal courts for many years.
The Reasons for the Reglan Black Box
As of February 2009, when the FDA issued its “black box” mandate for metoclopramide, more than 2 million Americans were taking the drug.
The mandatory warning came about following two studies that clearly revealed metroclopramide’s severe risk to users. In the first, researchers discovered that metoclopramide was the primary cause of drug-induced movement disorders, a class of neurological diseases of which tardive dyskinesia is one. In a different study, researchers determined that a significant percentage of those taking metocloprmide were given instructions to take the drug for more than 3 months (the recommended maximum period). Prolonging exposure to the drug significantly increases the risk of developing tardive dyskinesia.
In layman’s terms, tardive dyskinesia means “delayed abnormal movement.” This disorder was first discovered more than 50 years ago, and is most often noticed in psychiatric patients who have been taking antipsychotic medications for several years. The most frequently reported symptoms, according to Google Health, include facial grimacing, repetitive chewing, tongue thrusting, and/or jaw swinging—keeping in mind that the symptoms may manifest in the lower limbs as well as the facial area.
Prescription drug Reglan (metoclopramide) is still being issued to children as well as women who are pregnant or breastfeeding, despite the fact that it is known to cause serious side effects, including tardive dyskinesia.
Three Main Ways Children Consume Reglan
1. Reglan is not prescribed as frequently as it once was, due to the fact that it now carries a “black box” warning label for its connection to tardive dyskinesia. But Reglan does continue to be used in pediatric medicine, namely for treating the common gastrointestinal problem called gastroesophageal reflux (GER). Less often, it is prescribed for gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). It can also be used as a remedy for nausea and vomiting caused by surgery or chemotherapy. 2. In addition, Reglan is used to accelerate gastric emptying in pregnant women, who then pass on the drug along with its serious side effects to their fetuses. 3. Babies can ingest Reglan by drinking contaminated breast milk. There is not a great deal of research proving that tardive dyskinesia can come about from consumption of tainted breast milk, but the American Academy of Pediatrics does consider Reglan use by breastfeeding women to be risky. However for years Reglan was prescribed off-label to enhance breast milk production in women struggling with low milk supply.
Understanding the Risk of Tardive Dyskinesia
In a recent Reglan study conducted by the FDA, 20 percent of people taking Reglan were found to use the medicine for more than 4-12 weeks, which is the maximum approved treatment period. In fact, some had been taking the drug for years under their doctor’s orders. This overexposure due to excessive consumption is one of the main problems cited in the hundreds of Reglan lawsuits currently pending in the court system. The more Reglan one takes, and the longer one takes it, the greater the chance that tardive dyskinesia will manifest. Children and the elderly have an even higher risk of developing this serious disorder.
The Facts About Tardive Dyskinesia
Tardive Dyskinesia is a chronic neurological disorder which manifests as a side effect of some neuroleptic medications. This condition was first noted in the 1960s by doctors caring for psychiatric patients. These patients were taking drugs that were much like Reglan in terms of their chemical composition. Reglan also has an effect on the central nervous system, and in too-large quantities it can produce behaviors such as uncontrollable facial grimacing, tics, and similar symptoms that can be erroneously assigned to Tourrette’s syndrome. It can be especially challenging to accurately diagnose tardive dyskinesia in babies, since many of the signs (leg “swimming”, finger twitching, mouth puckering, cheek puffing, and chewing) are easily interpreted as normal infant behavior.
Tardive dyskinesia has no known cure. If you suspect that you or a child may be showing signs of Reglan side effects, it is imperative that Reglan use be discontinued immediately, and a doctor consulted.
I’m out of town and my first boyfriend and I pretty much spent the weekend together. No, no. Nothing happened. Nothing like that.
He is severely sick. He developed a movement disorder which pretty much makes him shake and he struggles very much to control it. This was a result of a psychiatric drug he had to take. He unknowingly gave up mental suffering for physical suffering. He also is down to 111 lbs. He kind of looks like Christian Bale from The Machinist. He used to look like Guy Pearce from Memento.
I’m sitting here watching him try to fall asleep. He looks so uncomfortable and has a pillow over his face. Says it helps clear his mind so he can get to sleep.
Having known him before any of this happened to him, it’s been difficult seeing him as he is now. Sometimes I’m at a complete loss for words. I should be grateful that I have my health. I’m able to write using pen and paper. I don’t struggle to change my clothing. I don’t wonder if I’ll ever have sex again; it’s just a matter of when and who with. I don’t fear the pursuit of love because I don’t have an ever-present fear of rejection.
In his presence, he has given me a lot to think about.
Developing tardive/respiratory dyskinesia thanks to my Seroquel. Am terrified of not taking it because I won’t be able to sleep. But when I take it, I can’t breathe well for the first half hour and I’m hallucinating. Why is this happening after 3 years?
Update on my muscle jerks, my chin hurts from my stupid mouth moving all day and I don’t know how to fix it. My mom asked if I was about to cry because my lower lip was moving a lot. My hands are shaking a little more than usual but I can still use them without any trouble so meh.
In other news, I made cornbread for the first time today and it turned out really really good, even better than my mom’s! It was a little crumbly but that’s OK. Now I can offer it to mice.
Is twitching and shivering and jerky movements right for a bipolar person?
To be honest, this is concerning. Before giving a POSSIBLE (not definite) reasoning for these motions, I am 1) disclaiming that I am not a medical professional and 2) you should consult with one, even if my possible reasoning fits your situation.
The possible reasoning: if you are on certain medications(mainly antipsychotics, older ones such as haldol), one of the side effects is something called “tardive dyskinesia”, which is twitchy/jerking motions that are usually caused by (older generation) antipsychotics(so newer antipsychotics such as abilify are LESS likely to cause this). Sometimes these motions are barely noticeable, sometimes they are definitely noticeable. And they can occur anywhere in the body.
HOWEVER, if you(or anyone) are on antipsychotics and you are experiencing this, PLEASE see/talk to your doctor ASAP. They will be able to help you find a more effective medication for symptoms of bipolar disorder that does not cause this possible side effect. And even if you(or anyone) are diagnosed with bipolar disorder and are experiencing this without this possible reasoning, PLEASE talk to your doctor, as there might be something serious going on.
I hope this helped: once again, I am not a medical professional but know a little bit about this through life/educational experience. So please(I cannot stress this enough) consult a medical professional as they have more knowledge, education and background about this.
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I'm in a depression, have flipped the burger and the underside is not 100% raw.
I don’t want to be inconsistent with who I am and my values. I don’t want to be swallowed whole by depression’s symptoms and violate my core values: fitness, balance, socializing even though I feel like hell. I want to learn to write for publications that feature things other than manic depression for a while. Like NYT “Modern Love.” or Wash Post “Speaking of Science.” But I need to study. I need the time to do that.
Additionally, to that, I need to keep advocating for myself regarding the loss of my grant for Tardive Dyskinesia (TD) Medications. Right now it looks like a 2017 without TD medications. Did you see “the good wife?” Michael J Fox’s character, Louis Canning, had Tardive Dyskinesia, (TD) but they never said exactly why he took the drugs (atypical antipsychotics) that he got it from. They ended the show before they could do that.
I just realized that the Geodon they put me on in the hospital is possibly , probably making my depression/anxiety worse. Life wasn’t this bad before I went into the hospital, and I think the Geodon is causing some of my dysphoria, or constant feeling that I’m living in a nightmare, along with a lot of other horrible side effects like uncontrolled muscle spasms and facial twitches and increased panic attacks.
I have to get off the Geodon. Maybe things will get better after I do that. I have an appointment with my psychiatrist tomorrow.
I’m really scared, and I’m really pissed off that my psychiatrist hasn’t even cared enough to tell me about these side effects. All she cares about is putting me on more medications.
I’ve been seeing doctors since I was 10 and I fucking hate psychiatrists with a passion.
Okay, when I say “Oh my right side hurts.” it is safe to assume that I am freaking out *really* bad internally.
Every time it happens I am *terrified* that I am about to start having seizures again and am overcome by crippling fear.
So *please* don’t just make a joke about how “Oh you’re just falling apart now, aren’t you? Lolol” and trivialize it and NOT DO ANYTHING ABOUT IT.
I have a history of horrible things happening when the entire right side of my body hurts ((or goes numb)) so the fact that it doesn’t even cross your mind to take me to a doctor or show concern or *anything* really throws me.
Reglan is a drug which helps speed digestion in patients, but has been linked to tardive dyskinesia – a permanent neurological disorder where muscles, including those in the face, contract involuntarily, causing uncontrollable and awkward movements. Anyone who has been affected by this condition due to Reglan should be aware of the statue of limitations in their state, which limits the amount of time one may wait after experiencing side effects from a medication before filing a lawsuit. In most states, the statue of limitations is 2-5 years.
The Food and Drug Administration required in 2009 that companies place a “black box” warning on Reglan and all products containing metoclopramide, warning consumers of side effects that may be permanent, such as tardive dyskinesia. Two years have elapsed since then, and many states, such as California, Texas, and New Jersey, have two-year statues of limitations. However, this does not necessarily mean that plaintiffs cannot file Reglan lawsuits.
A statue of limitations does not start when the drug is first taken, but when side effects first start to present themselves. Therefore, Reglan consumers who only started to develop symptoms in 2010 after having taken the drug for two years may be eligible to file a complaint between their first signs of the side effect and 2012. A lawyer who is knowledgeable about Reglan cases can also assist with determining whether a lawsuit might be viable. In additions, statues of limitations can be extended for a given case, and since justice is most often interested in working for the benefit of the people, this is not unheard of in cases similar to the Reglan one.
Even so, those who believe they have a case against Reglan should file their complaint as soon as possible so as not to risk being prohibited by their state’s statue of limitations.
A 33-year-old man with schizophrenia treated with haloperidol presents with involuntary, writhing movements of the tongue and face. Additionally, the patient has choreoathetoid movements of the trunk and arms
This patient presents with tardive dyskinesia (TD) and should have his haloperidol therapy stopped. TD is characterized by involuntary movements, particularly of the face and tongue that occur after years of treatment with neuroleptic agents. The movements are described as grimacing, writhing and choreathetoid in nature. Duration of treatment, cumulative dose, patient age and the presence of preexisting brain damage are directly related to the incidence of TD. In patients with mild symptoms, cessation of the neuroleptic drug or decreasing the dose may result in resolution of symptoms. Patients with moderate to severe symptoms are harder to treat. Reserpine and tetrabenazine have shown some benefit in combination with stopping the offending agent.
I’m on 80mg on Ingrezza for a month now and I’ve been twitch free for a week. This is a miracle drug, the drug interaction was scary but it is worth it for this miracle. I am 100% twitch free other then a very small grimace when very stress. This is amazing
I started Ingrezza around a month and a half ago and it has done miracles. I am barely twitching unless under extreme stress. I am no longer stopping breathing due to twitching both while awake and asleep. This is the best drug I have ever been on, the side effect I dealt with at the beginning was a racing heart but it has calmed down unless I drink a lot of caffeine. Also just like all my other medications I have to stay very hydrated (but that could just be related to my other medications.) I just wanted to share this with all of you, anybody who has TD I would 100% recommend this drug, the only downside is of course the cost which is around 6,000 a month, but I have a copay card so I pay nothing which helps a lot because I am on a lot of other medications. Hopefully this can help anybody with TD!
so I’ve been diagnosed with tardive dyskinesia due to being on one of my mental health medications for ten years. It came on after withdrawing off them. it’s often a permanent disorder. so yeah loving life 👍🏼✨
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This is a white whine to end all white whines but when I let myself be a spoiled bxtch and stop feeling appreciative that I’m receiving treatment at all I get furious with doctors for being so blase (and often straight up ignorant) about medication, especially when tardiv dyskenesia is a thing that exists. I’ve had so many doctors just gloss over that fun Lil fact
Made it through my neurologist appointment. I was hoping they could take one look at me and diagnose me but that’s unrealistic. I’m under evaluation for mixed type tremor and hyperactive dystonia of the lower face, neck, and torso. The neurologist wants my psych to change my meds to eliminate possibility of early tardive diskinesia. I also have to get an xray to eliminate cervical dystonia. Then a sleep study if that doesn’t show anything. I really don’t want to change my meds.
He showed me the images from my last MRI, which was pretty cool. I got to see the extra hole in my brain (5th ventricle) and the huge hole in my sinus cavity. My boyfriend had to point out how thick my skull was.
So my appointment with my psychiatrist was interesting. I’m just going to call her Edna from now on.
I felt somewhat uncomfortable though. She spent a lot more time with me today, asking me questions about what’s going on for me at the moment. *shudders* I just felt her eyes boring straight into me. I didn’t want to talk about anything, or say anything. She asked me when the last time I cut was. I don’t know why she asked me that. So I told her like a week or two ago. Urgh…I really didn’t want to go into that with her and I was like…but…but I haven’t done that since like October last year!
Edna asked if my psychologist had worked with me on mindfulness. Ha…I said I started exploring that myself and my psych just expanded on it with me, seeing as I was doing a lot of spiritual discovery in the last couple of years. Edna suggested meditation as well…which I said I have very much fallen out of touch with but was trying to find myself again.
I thought it was interesting that as a psychiatrist she brought up these things. It’s nice to see. I’m staying on my current meds. Edna did get me to do a bunch of things to check for tardive dyskinesia (involuntary movements). They were weird, holding out my arms, pinching alternating fingers with my tongue open, rolling my arms around.
Just so you know, stopping such a medication will not necessarily get rid of it and could make it worse. I’m experiencing that right now after being off Abilify for 2 weeks and I’ve heard many others say they developed it, or it got worse after they stopped taking a psychotropic drug. So, a head’s up for that.
thank you for taking the time to write me this note. (it is in reply to a post i made about suspecting i have akathisia or tardive dyskinesia from taking prozac long term.) i wish i had never been on prozac for so long,and wish i’d know then what i suspect now,but it wasn’t even mentioned to me. i am extremely cautious about messing with this kind of med,and would not try to go off of it unless i had someone who really knew what they were doing. haven’t found anyone yet…and i also realize i may never be able to go off of it, even if it is affecting the quality and possibly length of my life. i began taking it at a time when my life was in danger mentally…but i wish i had come off of it when that calmed down a bit. now i’ve been on it a long time and it is a much different situation and so far it seems most psychiatrists and/or psych med specialists don’t know how to get off of it properly and safely…many of them think it is no big deal,and that may be so from some folks,and for shorter term use,but i doubt that would be the case with me. for now,i am stuck.
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Downside of Bipolar? Taking meds everyday for the rest of my life.
Upside of Bipolar? Looking like an aging meth addict.
A time long long ago (roughly seven years) I was taking anti-psychotic medications. First Risperdal then Seroquel followed with Abilify, then several others, and eventually back to Risperdal; none of them worked out. I mean, yes they helped with my mania-induced psychosis, but the side effects were unbearable. I actually had an allergic reaction to Seroquel. Anyway, I was never on one drug for very long. The longest I was ever on an anti-psychotic (Risperdal) had to be two years. Even then I took an incredibly low dose to minimize the side effects. So imagine my surprise when seven years after I took my last anti-psychotic I started showing symptoms of tardive dyskinesia.
I twitch. My eyes blink a little too often or open a little too wide. My mouth pulls uncontrollably to one side, exhausting the muscles in my face. I chew on the inside of my cheeks and lips until they are raw - I gave up wearing lipstick. I pucker, pout and grimace. Strangest of all, I suck loud, deep breaths in through my nose as of I’d been holding my breath for some time. It’s a mild case. The kind of twitching you’d see on someone who’d taken a stimulant, not so much like the videos you see on YouTube. I’m very self conscious about it, of course. But I can’t do a damn thing to stop it. I’ve been like this for over a year now. The mouth pulling is so constant that I have begun to develop wrinkles on the left side of my face.
There’s my experience with TD. It’s unconscious, it’s painful and worst of all it sneaks up on you long after you took the offending drug (that’s why it’s called TARDIVE, the onset is delayed).
Tardive dyskinesia is a result of hypersensitivity to DA, not increased DA, in the nigrostriatal pathway. That’s what Dr. Kurtzer told me today when I asked him about it. He deals with movement so I trust his answer.
I was in the hospital yesterday, I didn’t sleep last night, I have a nasty cold, my tongue is swollen/bitten/covered in ulcers, and since my coworker isnt here I’m the only aide on the busiest day of the week. Also my TD is acting up and I’m chewing gum to prevent the tic despite how painful it is.
I was diagnosed in January of this year after having been weaned off the antipsychotic medication, Abilify, I was given to boost my antidepressant. I have treatment-resistant depression and it seemed like the right thing to do when I was suicidal 8 years ago. There was NO, and I mean ZERO warning it would damage my brain, cause a movement disorder (called Tardive Dyskinesia), take away my ability to write (I’m a professional author), and cause short-term memory issues. I have already had a tumor cut off my tongue caused by the constant biting movements. I regularly have painful ulcers on the roof of my mouth and inside my lips and cheeks.
Not even when my psychiatrist began weaning me off the maximum dose I’d been on for 8 years was this mentioned. I had absolutely no notion that this would happen to me.
Tardive Dyskinesia is forever. Permanent.
It makes you uncontrollably chew your lips, tongue, the inside of your mouth, move your tongue, including tongue thrusting out of the mouth, jaw movements, facial tics, hand movements/jerking, foot movements/jerks, severe muscle cramps/spasms.
Other than a dangerous drug called Ingrezza–which already has several FDA warnings attached to it, and it came out in Jan. 2018–there is NO treatment.
I’ve been on Ingrezza–the maximum dose–since February. I am having several of the more severe side effects it can cause, including uncontrolled diabetes blood sugar levels. (I spent several months at 400-500 fasting.).
So, if you’re suffering, too, reblog this and support others who are struggling with life with TD.
Life is a Heavy Burden to Hold....No, Fuck That Just Give Me My Damned Refund
So, aside from my fantastic mental state (you remember the entry about my mental challenges, if not then here it is.), I also suffer from a sort of weird disorder called Blepharospasm. That’s really just a fancy name for eye spasms, or muscles twitching in the eye area. Everyone suffers from their eyes twitching sometimes, but the reason mine is a disorder (at least why they are calling it so right now) is because mine happens almost constantly. It’s happening right now, so if this post is riddled with misspellings and bad grammar, that’s why. I’ll fix it later. I’m basically typing blind, haha. WHEE LETS GET STARTED,
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The development of tardive dyskinesia has often occurred in patients who have been treated for digestive and gastrointestinal disorders with medications such as metoclopramide (Reglan.)
Tardive dyskinesia typically affects someone’s face, often causing uncontrolled grimaces and movement in the eyes, lips, tongue and jaw. Arms, fingers, toes, legs, hips and torso are also affected and may twitch and move rapidly and uncontrollably. These random body movements can be uncomfortable and painful as well as embarrassing and difficult to control, making it a social handicap. Severe cases of this disorder can be debilitating and make it difficult to perform simple tasks like talking, walking and eating.
Friends with stomach issues, do NOT take Reglan. It relieves some symptoms of gastroparesis, but at an enormous cost. Luckily in most cases, the tardive dyskinesia is not permanent. But for around 13 or 14 hours yesterday this was my struggle. It is not worth it.
People who suffer the effects of tardive dyskinesia may have reason to celebrate. The FDA has approved the first drug for this disruptive disorder.
Over 1,000 persons, participating in 20 clinical trials made the Ingrezza™ program the largest study in tardive dyskinesia; ever. The study’s conclusion revealed patients experienced significantly decreased symptoms after six weeks.