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Last Updated: 25th Feb 2024

What causes tardive dyskinesia in antipsychotics?

Antipsychotic drugs can often cause tardive dyskinesia. These drugs block dopamine. Dopamine is a chemical found in the brain that controls muscle movement. The majority of tardive dyskinesia occurs when a person has been taking these medications for a prolonged period.



What drugs can cause tardive dyskinesia, too?

There are other drugs that can cause TD.

  • Metoclopramide (treats gastroparesis stomach problem)
  • Antidepressant drugs include amitriptyline and fluoxetine as well as phenelzine, sertraline and trazodone.
  • Antiparkinson drugs like levodopa.
  • Antiseizure drugs like phenobarbital or phenytoin.

Is antipsychotic medication able to cause muscle twitching? TD can cause mild twitches to severe spasms. Many people have experienced involuntary movement from psychiatric drugs, commonly called antipsychotics. Reuters reports on a Journal of Clinical Psychiatry Study in February.

Know which antipsychotic is most likely to cause tardive dyskinesia.

There is a low chance of tardive dyskinesia with olanzapine and quetiapine as well as clozapine and risperidone.

What causes tremors in people taking antipsychotics?

Your brain's reaction to certain drugs can cause drug-induced tremors. Potential causes of drug-induced seizures include antipsychotics, antidepressants, and lithium.