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Tardive Dyskinesia

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Updated April 13, 2012

Definition:
Tardive Dyskinesia is a movement disorder caused by long-term use of certain psychiatric drug, most notably antipsychotic medications. The symptoms include uncontrolled facial movements, and hand, arm and leg movements can also occur. This is a very serious side effect, and symptoms like these should be reported to your prescribing physician as soon as possible after they appear.

For an in-depth look at tardive dyskinesia, the drugs that cause it, symptoms and treatment, see:

Pronunciation:
TAR-div dis-kə-NEE-zhə
Common Misspellings: tardiv, dyskenisia, diskinesia, diskenisia, dyskinisia, etc.

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