About tardive dyskinesia
Tardive dyskinesia is a side effect of neuroleptic medicines who are often prescribed for the management of certain mental, neurological, or gastrointestinal disorders1. It causes stiff, jerky movements of the face and body that can't be controlled2.
It may affect individuals who have been taking neuroleptic medicines for a long period of time, which makes people with schizophrenia who have been long-term users at a high risk of developing this disease. Not all people who have been treated with neuroleptic drugs develop tardive dyskinesia and the reasons why some develop the disease whilst others to not is unknown1.
1. Tardive Dyskinesia,
National Organization for Rare Disorders, cited on Feb 2018.
2. What Is Tardive Dyskinesia?
WebMD, cited on Feb 2018.