A study shows the increased risk of tardive dyskinesia (TD) among Black individuals in the United States compared with White individuals. The study identifies contributing factors, including health disparities and specific genetic traits in Black populations, which slow down the metabolism of drugs like antipsychotics, elevating TD risk. Moreover, the prescription pattern of first-generation antipsychotics, more strongly linked to TD, to Black Americans by doctors is highlighted. The researchers emphasize the importance of open communication between patients and healthcare providers, especially for those at risk, and highlight the critical role of monitoring medication usage, dosage, and treatment duration in TD symptom management.
Reference: Azuse E. Why Black Americans Are More Likely to Develop Tardive Dyskinesia. Healthgrades. Published February 7, 2022. Accessed September 13, 2023. https://www.healthgrades.com/right-care/schizophrenia/why-black-americans-are-more-likely-to-develop-tardive-dyskinesia?tpc=insights-on-treating-tardive-dyskinesia&CID=64embrdTINLC-ING23wk3