Tardive Dyskinesia Symptoms

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The following is an extremely detailed list of symptoms associated with Tardive Dyskinesia provided by Daniel J. McGlynn, Esq., a colleague our ours with whom we work very closely with on Reglan and Tardive Dyskiesia lawsuits.


  • Tongue moves in mouth
  • Tongue protrudes out of mouth
  • Chewing
  • Teeth grinding
  • Difficulty swallowing (choking)
  • Difficulty eating
  • Difficulty speaking
  • Facial grimacing
  • Puckering
  • Blinking
  • Eyes pull to one side
  • Excessively frequent eye movements
  • Repeated forehead wrinkling
  • Blowing/puffing/burping/unintended noises/clicking
  • Difficulty breathing (diaphragm)
  • Different (muscle tension or “hatband”) headaches
  • Jaw ache/tension/spasm
  • Head pulls to one side
  • Unusual dental problems
  • Biting inside of mouth\tongue
  • Drooling
  • Slurred speech\thick tongue
  • Arms move
  •  Legs move (like restless leg syndrome, but not)
  • Fingers move
  • Hands drawn up
  • Hands cramped (difficulty grasping\holding)
  • Arms/hands shake
  •  Toes move
  • Feet cramp
  • Difficulty walking
  •  Back twisting or arching
  • Stomach movements
  • Hip gyrating
  • Diaphragm uncontrolled causing grunting and unusual noises
  • Unusual feeling of rapid heartbeat\anxiety
  • Tremulousness
  • Bouncy legs

*Symptoms disappear completely during sleep (Scientific mystery/diagnosis feature).
Although movements and/or anxiety may impair ability to fall asleep.


  • Cramps, especially in jaw (like TMJ) and neck muscles
  • Can be painful- muscle aches


  • Can’t sit still
  • Inner feeling of restlessness/anxiety/discomfort
  • Restlessness usually more severe when trying to fall asleep
  • Compulsion to keep moving
  • Itchy, painful burning tingling skin
  • Depression that never existed before
  • Suicidal thoughts/actions which never existed before


  • Cognitive impairment
  • Behavioral changes
  • Memory impairment

(Whether this aspect exists or can be medically proven is debated)

PARKINSONISM (usually ceases upon cessation of metoclopramide)

  • Masked\expressionless face
  • Slowness of movements
  • Shuffling gait
  • Rigidity
  • Can appear zombie-like


  • Humiliation
  • Social withdrawal
  • Physical disability
  • Vocational disability
  • Household disability
  • Sleep deprivation
  • Depression\isolation
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