Tardive Dyskinesia: Treatment Update

  • Divya Arya
  • Tarannum Khan
  • Adam J. Margolius
  • Hubert H. FernandezEmail author
Movement Disorders (T. Simuni, Section Editor)
Part of the following topical collections:
  1. Topical Collection on Movement Disorders


Purpose of Review

Tardive dyskinesia (TD) is caused by exposure to medications with dopamine antagonism, mainly antipsychotics. It often distresses individuals, physically and emotionally and affects their quality of life. We evaluated peer-reviewed recently published articles with a goal of providing a critically appraised update on the latest advancements in this field.

Recent Findings

In 2017, FDA approved VMAT2 inhibitors, deutetrabenazine and valbenazine. They have demonstrated efficacy in several class 1 studies. Also there have been update in the evidence-based guidelines for treatment for tardive dyskinesia.


Various medication classes are being used for treatment of TD with VMAT2 inhibitors to be first FDA-approved medications. Their use should be tailored to the individual patient. Long-term studies will further guide us in how to optimize treatment, especially in the real-world setting. As clinicians, we need to take into consideration all aspects of symptomatology, etiology, potential side effects of the medications, to find the best possible “match” for our patients.


Tardive dyskinesia Antipsychotics VMAT2 inhibitors Antioxidants Vitamins Neuroleptic-induced movements disorders 


Compliance with Ethical Standards

Conflict of Interest

Divya Arya, Tarannum Khan, and Adam J. Margolius each declare no potential conflicts of interest. Hubert H. Fernandez has received research support from Acorda Therapeutics, Michael J. Fox Foundation, Movement Disorders Society, NIH/NINDS, Parkinson Study Group, Sunovion, but has no owner interest in any pharmaceutical company. Dr. Fernandez has received honoraria from American Osteopathic Association, Cleveland Clinic, South Alabama Medical Science Foundation Thoraxx Clinical Communications, UMA Education, as a speaker in CME events. Dr. Fernandez has received honoraria from Acorda Therapeutics, Denali Therapeutics, Pfizer, Partners Healthcare System(Parkinson Study Group), Sunovion Research and Development Trust as a consultant. Elsevier as the Editor-In-Chief of Parkinsonism and Related Disorders Journal. Dr. Fernandez has received royalty payments from Demos Publishing and Springer for serving as a book author/editor. The Cleveland Clinic has a contract with Teva for Dr. Fernandez’ role as a Co-Principal Investigator in SD-809/Austedo Tardive Dyskinesia global studies. Dr. Fernandez also serves as a member of the publication committee for Acorda Pharmaceuticals, Sunovion Pharmaceuticals but does not receive any personal compensation for this.

Human and Animal Rights and Informed Consent

This article does not contain any studies with human or animal subjects performed by any of the authors.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Divya Arya
    • 1
  • Tarannum Khan
    • 1
  • Adam J. Margolius
    • 2
  • Hubert H. Fernandez
    • 2
    Email author
  1. 1.Pauline Braathen Neuroscince InstituteCleveland Clinic FloridaWestonUSA
  2. 2.Center for Neurological RestorationCleveland ClinicClevelandUSA

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