Principal Proposed Natural Treatments
Other Proposed Natural Treatments
Herbs and Supplements to Use Only with Caution
Tardive dyskinesia (TD) is a potentially permanent side effect of drugs used to control schizophrenia and other psychoses. This late-developing (tardy, or tardive) complication consists of annoying, mostly uncontrollable movements (dyskinesias). Typical symptoms include repetitive sucking or blinking, slow twisting of the hands, or other movements of the face and limbs. TD can cause tremendous social embarrassment to particularly vulnerable individuals.
Principal Proposed Natural Treatments for Tardive Dyskinesia
Vitamin E is an antioxidant , a substance that works to neutralize free radicals in the body. As noted above, it has been suggested that free-radicals may play a role in TD. If this is true, it makes sense that vitamin E might help prevent or treat the condition.
The bottom line: The effectiveness of vitamin E for a given person is simply not known. Given the lack of other good treatments for TD, and the general safety of the vitamin, it may be worth discussing with your physician.
For more information, including dosage and safety issues, see the full vitamin E article.
Other Proposed Natural Treatments for Tardive Dyskinesia
Choline and Related Substances
According to one theory, TD symptoms may be caused or aggravated by an imbalance between two neurotransmitters, dopamine and acetylcholine. The nutrient choline and several related substances— lecithin , CDP-choline, and DMAE —have been suggested as possible treatments, with the goal of increasing the amount of acetylcholine the body produces. Lecithin and CDP-choline are broken down by the body to produce choline, and choline provides one of the building blocks for acetylcholine. DMAE (2-dimethylaminoethanol, sometimes called deanol) may also increase production of acetylcholine, although this has been questioned.
- Reviewer: EBSCO CAM Review Board
- Review Date: 08/2013 -
- Update Date: 08/22/2013 -