A 26-year-old male asked:
cousin takes thorazine (chlorpromazine) for schizophrenia.it works well. he developed tardive dyskinesia but its very subtle so dr doesnt want to take him off. normal?
3 doctor answers
Dr. Pacita David answered
29 years experience Psychiatry
Certainly possible: Tardive dyskinesia is a condition consisting of involuntary movements, more commonly of the tongue and lips. It can also involve the face, trunk and extremities. TD is a potential side effect of all antipsychotics, but more likely in first generation ones such as Thorazine, (chlorpromazine) vs. second generation. Decision to continue depends on patient response to treatment and degree of debilitation. Best.
Answered on Mar 15, 2017
Dr. Krishna Kumar answered
54 years experience Psychiatry
Tardive Dyskinesia: The symptoms of Tardive Dyskinesia are- involuntary • Facial grimacing • Swinging of the jaw • Repetitive chewing • Tongue thrusting and twisting • Puckering & smacking of the lips • Rapid eye blinking & eyebrow raising • Grunts and humming Go with your cousin to see Psychiatrist, inform about your observations and concern; and discuss management of Thorazine (chlorpromazine) and Day Treatment Center for recovery.
Answered on Nov 28, 2017
Dr. Patricia Foster answered
43 years experience Psychiatry
TD: Tardive dyskinesia is related to total exposure to Thorazine (chlorpromazine) or similar meds; ie, the higher the dose and longer the time taking the med, the greater the risk of TD worsening. Since it's been already observed, would recommend reassessing for a lower dose with prescribing doctor. Weigh risks of TD vs benefits of present dose. See: http://www.nami.org/Learn-More/Mental-Health-Conditions/Related-Conditions/Tardive-Dyskinesia I hope this helps. Best wishes.
Answered on Apr 24, 2016
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