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Medication Options and Clinical Strategies for Treating Tardive Dyskinesia

Leslie L. Citrome, MD, MPH

Published: January 28, 2020

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Valbenazine and deutetrabenazine are FDA-approved as treatment for tardive dyskinesia (TD). Both medications are vesicular monoamine transporter type 2 (VMAT2) inhibitors, and both are effective for reducing TD symptoms. Clinicians need to be aware of the adverse effects of valbenazine and deutetrabenazine, as well as other key differences between the two, in order to individualize treatment. Using the Abnormal Involuntary Movement Scale assists clinicians in assessing progress for each patient. Treating TD effectively with these new medications will reduce the burden of the condition for patients.

J Clin Psychiatry 2020;81(2):TV18059BR2C

Volume: 81

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