Those suffering from tardive dyskinesia display repetitive, involuntary, purposeless movements. Typical signs include (for a more complete list of symptoms and side effects, please click here):

Fine, worm-like movements of the tongue
Lip smacking
Chewing or sucking movements
Grimacing (making faces)
Puckering or pursing the lips
Tongue protrusion
Rapid eye blinking

While these symptoms involve the face, some TD victims may also show uncontrolled movements of the arms, legs and body. The National Institutes of Health says it may even appear that someone with TD “is playing an invisible guitar or piano.”

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Resource Links

A series of videos showing AIMS tests with a link to how to conduct an AIMS test (useful for shooting video of someone with likely tardive dyskinesia. Videos.php


FDA Requires Boxed Warning and Risk Mitigation Strategy for Metoclopramide-Containing Drugs
(Feb. 26, 2009)

Tardive Dyskinesia Information Page, National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Strokes

Tardive Dyskinesia page for WEMOVE provided by Worldwide Education and Awareness of Movement Disorders

The Movement Disorder Society"


Bachmann-Strauss Dystonia & Parkinson Foundation, Inc.

Care4Dystonia, Inc.

Dystonia Medical Research Foundation

National Spasmodic Dysphonia Association

National Spasmodic Torticollis Association

Spasmodic Torticollis/Dystonia, Inc.

Gastroparesis Awareness Campaign Organization

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