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Re: ***** WORKING LINK MOVIE ********** UPDATE

Posted by yxibow on May 31, 2006, at 19:01:10

In reply to Re: ***** WORKING LINK MOVIE ********** UPDATE, posted by honeybee on May 31, 2006, at 17:48:25

Seriously, Jeroen, I feel your pain with what looks like a possible TD case but are you in contact with your doctor and have you had an AIMS exam. Its an important evaluative tool to see how severe your TD is, if it is TD.

As for legal action, I'm afraid that would be in your own country, and cases involving TD have only gotten into court when it involves patients admitted involuntarily and then being given Haldol or the like.

This is the time to brainstorm with your own doctor, if it is TD, the medical suggestions made by people, including myself, to try to alleviate. Switching atypical antipsychotics has helped in some patients. Taking ultra high dose BuSpar and Vitamin E has helped in a limited number of patients. Tetrabenazine (Nitoman) has also helped some patients.

The one thing that would also determine that it is really TD is that anticholinergics make the condition worse -- I'm not suggesting you do this, but things like Benadryl and Cogentin aggravate TD -- its not quite understood why, but they do.

It also is probably not, or at least could be masked TD, if you increased or started a dose of either Klonopin or Valium and the facial movements decreased.

It is something that all of us who take antipsychotics worry about, but it has to be taken in account that the majority of all TD cases happen because they're tardive -- that is, they happen late in treatment. The patient is also typically unaware of the fact that they have TD unless pointed out by a doctor or family member. This may strike you as odd, but it is a generally known fact of TD cases.

I wish you a lot of good luck and I don't want you to feel miserable, so please try with your psychiatrist to do some of what I had mentioned above.

best wishes from across the pond





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