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Treatment of Persistent Myoclonic Tardive Dystonia with Verapamil

  • Vincent Abad (a1) and Fred Ovsiew (a2)


A dramatic improvement in a patient with tardive dystonia was obtained with verapamil after the failure of other medicines. The use of verapamil or other calcium-channel blockers should be considered when treating drug-induced movement disorders.


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Treatment of Persistent Myoclonic Tardive Dystonia with Verapamil

  • Vincent Abad (a1) and Fred Ovsiew (a2)
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