Treating Tardive Dyskinesia

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Tardive Dyskinesia Appointment Guide

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Ask the right questions at your next doctor's appointment. Answer two questions below to personalize your appointment guide.
  • Please describe the symptoms and issues you’re having that led you to schedule this online appointment. Start at the beginning of this current episode and tell me how and when things have changed and progressed.
  • Describe your symptoms. Are you experiencing repetitive movements of your eyes, face, lips, tongue, arms, legs or trunk?
  • When did you first notice your symptoms?
  • Can you control these movements?
  • What medications do you take?
  • Have you ever tried a dopamine-depleting medicine?
  • What other medicines, if any, have you tried?
  • How often are you currently experiencing tardive dyskinesia symptoms?
  • Do your tardive dyskinesia symptoms seem to be improving, staying the same, or worsening?
  • What dose of your neuroleptic drug are you currently taking?
  • Do you have a personal or family history of depression, bipolar disorder, or schizophrenia?
  • Are your symptoms continuous or do they come and go?
  • Would you rate your symptoms as mild, moderate or severe?
  • What other medicines can we try in place of the one causing tardive dyskinesia?
  • How quickly can I stop my current medicine?
  • Will my tardive dyskinesia symptoms get better?
  • Can tardive dyskinesia be permanent?
  • Are there any medicines that can treat tardive dyskinesia?
  • What options do I have if our plan of action doesn't work?
  • How do you diagnose tardive dyskinesia?
  • Do my symptoms mean I have tardive dyskinesia?
  • What causes tardive dyskinesia? Which medications can cause it?
  • Could another medical condition be causing or contributing to my symptoms?
  • How do you treat tardive dyskinesia?
  • Do I need to see a specialist?
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Last Review Date: 2020 Dec 16
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  1. Tardive Dyskinesia Information Page. National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke. https://www.ninds.nih.gov/Disorders/All-Disorders/Tardive-Dyskinesia-Information-Page#disorders-r1
  2. Tardive Dyskinesia. National Organization for Rare Disorders. https://rarediseases.org/rare-diseases/tardive-dyskinesia/
  3. What Are the Diagnostic Criteria for Tardive Dyskinesia (TD)? Medscape. https://www.medscape.com/answers/1151826-4304/what-are-the-diagnostic-criteria-for-tardive-dyskinesia-td
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