Tardive dyskinesia

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Tardive dyskinesia is a serious neurological illness. It causes movements of the body in a person who has taken antipsychotic drugs. The movements can happen to the tongue, lips, face, arms and legs. Lip smacking is a common symptom. So is a constant urge to move or being restless. The person cannot control the movements.

People who are sick with schizophrenia or bipolar disorder usually take the medicines that cause the movements.[1] The longer someone takes antipsychotics, the greater the risk. Doctors and nurses will check for these movements during an exam.[2] Different drugs should be given, if possible, if this disorder starts in a patient.

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  1. "Tardive Dyskinesia". Medscape website. 9 February 2012. http://emedicine.medscape.com/article/1151826-overview. Retrieved 16 June 2014.
  2. "Physical examination". Medscape website. 9 February 2012. http://emedicine.medscape.com/article/1151826-overview#aw2aab6b8. Retrieved 16 June 2014.