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50 Drugs That Can Cause Tardive Dyskinesia

Disclaimer: The following overview of drugs which can cause Tardive Dyskinesia (TD) is not exhaustive and has been compiled from information from the internet.

Anti-Psychotic Medication

Anti-psychotics (neuroleptics) are medicines given for psychiatry disorders; they have proven exceptionally effective for schizophrenia. Sadly, they also can cause Tardive Dyskinesia, especially when taken for long periods of time. The following is a list of some typical, traditional neuroleptics, which can cause TD.

  • Dibenzodiazepines
  • Haldol
  • Daxolin, Loxitane
  • Serenitil
  • Trilafon
  • Mellaril
  • Stelazine
  • Diphenylbutylpiperdines
  • Orap
  • Isapsine
  • Moban
  • Thorazine
  • Permitil, Prolixin
  • Navane

The next list of drugs contains atypical neuroleptics. They are much less likely than the traditional neuroleptics to cause Tardive Dyskinesia, but they aren’t totally risk-free.

  • Solian
  • Risperdal
  • Zyprexa
  • Seroquial


Anti-cholinergics (anti-spasmodics) are class of medications prescribed for Parkinson’s disease, respiratory problems and other reasons. These drugs can cause Tardive Dyskinesia:

  • Benzhexol
  • Akineton
  • Ethopropazine
  • Norflex, Norgesic, Orphengesic
  • Procylindine


The following antidepressants carry a risk of Tardive Dyskinesia; however, the risk is much smaller than with the neuroleptics.

  • Prozac
  • Zoloft
  • Nardil
  • Desyrel
  • Elavil, Vanatrip
  • Triavil
  • Asendin
  • Sinequan
  • Tofranil

Stomach Medications

The antiemetics are given to treat severe nausea, acid reflux and gastroparesis.

  • Reglan, Maxolon, Octamide
  • Compazine>
    (In 2009 Reglan made the news because the FDA issued a black-box warning about Tardive Dyskinesia.)

Anti-Anxiety Medications

  • Xanax

Anti-Seizure Medications

Some drugs given to prevent pileptic seizures can also cause Tardive Dyskinesia:

  • Atretol, Epitol, Tegretol
  • Zarontin
  • Barbita, Luminal sodium, Solfoton
  • Dilantin

Anti-Parkinson’s Agents

Parkinson’s patients are especially prone to develop Tardive Dyskinesia.

  • Parlodel
  • Atamet, Sinemet, Dopar, L-Dopa, Larodopa


  • Ritalin and Adderall, ADHD medications, also can cause Tardive Dyskinesia.
  • Caffeine in large enough doses can cause TD.

Mood Stabilizers

The mood stabilizer lithium sometimes given for bipolar disorder can cause Tardive Dyskinesia:

  • Cibalith-S, Eskalith, Lithane, Lithobid, Lithotabs, Lithonate

Heart Medication

  • Intropin (dopamine) can cause TD; however, it is usually given short-term to patients who are in critical condition to strengthen the heart’s pumping action, and the benefits usually far outweigh the risk.

Common Cold Medications

  • Even the commonly given antihistamines and antihistamines with decongestants can sometimes cause Tardive Dyskinesia, but this is rare; antihistamines given in combination with sympathomimetics can also cause problems.

Anti-Malaria Drug

  • The anti-malarial drug Chlorquine (brand name: Aralen) can cause Tardive Dyskinesia.

Oral Contraceptives

  • Estrogen found in oral contraceptives and hormone replacements can also cause Tardive Dyskinesia, but this is rare.

Please note that this list is meant to be informational only and is not meant to replace the advice of your doctor. If you are taking one of the above medications, talk to your doctor about the risk of side effects including Tardive Dyskinesia. Remember, every patient has the right to INFORMED consent when it comes to taking medicine. If your doctor didn’t warn you of the side effects of taking your medication, and you developed TD, you may be entitled to compensation.

Please read this Daytona Beach medical malpractice lawyer article for more information about Tardive Dyskinesia.

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