Huntington's Disease Treatment
There is no cure for Huntington's disease. Treatment for Huntington's disease focuses on controlling symptoms and improving daily functioning. Treatment may include medications to control muscle spasms, antipsychotic medications, speech therapy, and occupational therapy.
Treatment options for Huntington's disease symptoms include:
- Medications to control muscle spasms
- Valproic acid (Depakote, Depakene, Depacon)
- Clonazepam (Klonopin)
- Monoamine inhibitor:
- First drug approved specifically to treat chorea associated with Huntington disease.
- Tetrabenazine (Xenazine)
- Antidepressant medications:
- Rauwolfia alkaloids:
- May help to control movement in some patients
- Speech therapy for Huntington's disease
- Occupational therapy for Huntington's disease
- Genetic counseling for Huntington's disease
Huntington's Disease Questions For Doctor
The following are some important questions to ask before and after the treatment of Huntington's disease.
Questions to ask before treatment:
- What are my treatment options?
- What are the risks associated with treatment?
- Do I need to stay in the hospital?
- How long will I be in the hospital?
- What are the complications I should watch for?
- How long will I be on medication?
- What are the potential side effects of my medication?
- Does my medication interact with nonprescription medicines or supplements?
- Should I take my medication with food?
Questions to ask after treatment:
- Do I need to change my diet?
- Do I need to lose weight?
- Are there any medications or supplements I should avoid?
- When can I resume my normal activities?
- When can I return to work?
- Do I need a special exercise program?
- Will I need physical therapy?
- Will I need occupational therapy?
- What else can I do to reduce my risk for complications?
- Are my children at risk for this condition?
- How often will I need to see my doctor for checkups?
- What local support and other resources are available?
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