The goal is to prevent TD. When your doctor prescribes a new drug to treat a mental health disorder, ask about its side effects. The benefits of the drug should outweigh the risks.
If you have movement problems, tell your doctor but don't stop taking the drug on your own. Your doctor can take you off the medicine that caused the movements, or lower the dose.
You might need to switch to a newer antipsychotic drug that may be less likely to cause TD.
There are two FDA-approved medicines to treat tardive dyskinesia:
- Deutetrabenazine (Austedo)
- Valbenazine (Ingrezza)
Both of these medicines work in similar ways to regulate the amount of dopamine flow in brain areas that control certain kinds of movements. Both can sometimes cause drowsiness. Austedo also has been shown to sometimes cause depression when used in patients with Huntington's disease.
There's no proof that natural remedies can treat it, but some might help with movements:
- Ginkgo biloba
- Vitamin B6
- Vitamin E
Talk to your doctor before you take any supplements for your symptoms.