You have probably seen a lot of ads on TV about the link between Reglan, a prescription drug used to treat heartburn and other gastrointestinal disorders and a disorder known as tardive dyskenesia. The FDA recently required the makers of Reglan and other drugs containing the compound metoclopramide to include a warning advising patients about some of the long-term or high-dosage risks associated with the consumption of metoclopramide.
While I think these ads perform an important public service in informing the public about risks associated with metoclopramide, I don’t think they do a good job of illustrating what tardive dyskenesia is. Normally the commercials just describe tardive dyskenesia in vague terms, saying it’s a neurological disorder.
This is another reason why YouTube is so great. There are a number of videos on YouTube that illustrate everything from moderate to severe tardive dyskenysis, such as the following, which shows a middle-aged women about a year after the onset of symptoms:
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