TD appears as mild to severe twitching, shaking, or jerking in the hands, feet, face, or torso.
Involuntary blinking, tongue movements, and other unintentional, uncontrollable movements can also be signs of TD.1-3

Your face is making really funny faces. You’re grimacing, you’re half smiling, you’re making really ugly faces. There’s no nice way to put it. So, people probably think you’re doing that to them […] and they’re looking at you like what’s going on with you, but it’s just uncontrollable. I never know when and where it’s going to happen.

AUSTEDO patient Tasha W. describes some of her experience with TD symptoms.

Do you have any of the following1,3:

  • Unintentional, uncontrollable movements in your hands, feet, face, or torso?
    Or involuntary blinking or tongue movements?

  • Trouble speaking, or being understood by others?

  • Difficulty reading or writing?

  • A hard time cutting your food or holding your drink?

If you've answered yes to one or more of the questions above, you may want to ask your doctor to evaluate you for tardive dyskinesia (TD).

Download the AUSTEDO Doctor Discussion Guide to help prepare to discuss symptoms with your doctor, and register for email updates about AUSTEDO tablets and TD treatment.

What causes TD?

Tardive dyskinesia is associated with certain prescription medications used to treat mental health or gastrointestinal conditions.1,2

One in four people who are taking certain mental health medications may develop uncontrollable movements of TD.4 Long-term use of some medications to treat schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, depression, and other conditions can lead to TD.2

TD affects everyone differently1-3

Whether they are mild, moderate, or severe, the unintentional, uncontrollable movements of tardive dyskinesia (TD) can impact a person both physically and functionally. TD can make activities like walking, writing, eating, speaking, or swallowing difficult.

icon - person walking up stairs Physical Impact
icon - person spilling glass of water Functional Impact

The severity of TD symptoms can vary from person to person, but even mild symptoms can be bothersome.

With TD, it’s personal. Everyone’s needs and treatment goals are unique.

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References: 1. Warikoo N, Schwartz T, Citrome L. Tardive dyskinesia. In: Schwartz TL, Megna J, Topel ME, eds. Antipsychotic Drugs: Pharmacology, Side Effects and Abuse Prevention. Hauppauge, NY: Nova Science Publishers, Inc; 2013:235-258. 2. Waln O, Jankovic J. An update on tardive dyskinesia: from phenomenology to treatment. Tremor Other Hyperkinet Mov. 2013;3:1-11. 3. Sharing the impact of tardive dyskinesia. National Allegiance on Mental Illness website. . Accessed June 10, 2019. 4. Tardive dyskinesia. National Alliance on Mental Illness website. Accessed June 10, 2019.