Fast Five Quiz: Tardive Dyskinesia Risk Factors

Christoph U. Correll, MD


February 22, 2021

The risk for TD may be reduced by using the lowest effective dose of an antipsychotic for the shortest period. When TD is diagnosed, reduce the dose or discontinue the causative agent if possible. The risk for a permanent movement disorder must be weighed against the risk of exacerbating psychosis. It should be noted that TD may worsen initially after antipsychotics are discontinued.

According to a 2008 study, the risk for TD is lower for second-generation antipsychotics compared with first-generation antipsychotics. However, there remains a risk for development of TD with second-generation antipsychotics, and therefore all patients on these treatments should be closely monitored.

Learn more about the workup of TD.


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