HUNTINGTON'S DISEASE
Treatment


 
   Management

There is no cure for Huntington's disease. However, there is a number of measures to slow the progress of the disease and improve the quality of life of the patient:

- Diet management (Eating difficulties can lead to weight loss)

- Lifestyle changes, such as exercises and occupational therapy.

- Supporting environment, including personal care.

- Assistance of a physical therapist (can help on management of physical symptoms)

- Medications, which are prescribed according to the causes, signs and symptoms and include:

Drug

Abnormality

Tetrabenazine, neuroleptics and benzodiazepines

Abnormal involuntary movements affecting especially the shoulders, hips, and face (chorea)

Valproic acid

Hyperkinesia

Antiparkinsonian drugs

Hypokinesia

Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRI, such as fluoxetine), tricyclic antidepressants (like amitriptyline),and other types of antidepressants such as mirtazapine, duloxetine or venlafaxine

Depression

Atypical antipsychotic drugs (AAD)

Psychosis and behavioral problems.

   More information:
Huntington's Disease Description
Huntington's Disease Healthcare Centers
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