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Medicine For Dystonia
Depends: Depending on the type of dystonia it can be made worse either by drugs that block Dopamine (e.g., neuroleptic medications such as haloperidol, risperidone, etc.) and certain antinausea medications (e.g., metoclopramide, etc) or drugs that enhance the effect of Dopamine such as levodopa. ...Read more
Statins: It is true that some type of muscular disease are more prone to develop rhabdmyalisis. ...Read more
I have psychogenic dystonia. When people look at me, symptoms become worse. I feel lack of self-confidence. Any medicine for me? Antidepressant work?
Anxiety: Is state of tension, apprehension, worry, uneasiness or fear. It may be related to anticipated danger or arise for no apparent reason. While mild episodes of anxiety are common and do not usually require treatment, more severe forms can be chronic and debilitating. See your PCP for evaluation and referral. ...Read more
How are antipsychaotic drugs like compazine (prochlorperazine) used for sedation and psychosis when they cause akithesia and dystonia? I've seen it make people crazier
Antipsychotics: Every medication has side-effects, and antipsychotics are no exception. If used cautiously ; with clear indications ; close monitoring, they are for the most part safe. ...Read more
My father has dystonia frm13yrs.he's on good effective medicines but frm a week he got constant pain in his neck muscles.nw physiotherapy or what else?
See a neurologist: The most prominent peripherally acting muscle relaxant is BOTOX, a neurotoxin which has been used for more than 20 years in the management of various disorders characterized by muscle hyperactivity such as painful craniocervical dystonia and other diseases involving spasticity and abnormal, involuntary muscle contractions. Physical therapy also helpful. Ask your neurologist for more information. ...Read more
Various factors: Genetics plays a role (e.g. Dyt-1 and much similar childhood onset dystonias, etc). It may also come about from injury to certain parts of the brain (esp. The basal ganglia areas) from stroke, head injury, toxic exposure, certain diseases, and other causes, but for many (esp. Most adults who develop dystonia) there is no clear cause. ...Read more
Many things: Dystonia is a neurologic syndrome characterized by sustained involuntary muscular activity producing sustained, abnormal and repetitive muscle contractions causing twisting movements, abnormal posture and functional disability. There are many types and causes with different prognoses. Some remit, some stay the same and others get worse. ...Read more
Just modification: There are many forms of dystonia. Some cases are transient and resolve on their own. Some cases are progressive and get much worse over time. Some are modified with treatment. Some seem to disappear following procedures such as deep brain stimulation, but can recur. Muscle relaxant medications can help and food therapy techniques have been useful. Avoiding triggers is important. ...Read more
Unclear.: We do not understand the causes of dystonias at a mechanistic level. We do divide dystonias into two types: primary and secondary. In primary dystonia there is likely a genetic predisposition with an environmental trigger. Secondary dystonias are caused by trauma, brain disease or certain medications such as neuroleptics (major tranquilizers). ...Read more
Depends on factors.: Get a good general physical and neurologic exam. Discuss the nature of your dystonia: age onset, bodily distribution, the progression, triggers, present at rest-any suppressing factors. History and family history will dictate other "tests." blood, spinal fluid, electrical recording techniques, biopsies, eye exam, and thorough neuro and possibly imaging studes may be considered. ...Read more
Abnormal contraction: Dystonia is often a somewhat generic term for abnormal muscle contraction. True dystonia is thought to be abnormal muscle contractions due to a problem in the spinal cord or brain. Sometimes the exact nature of the problem in the spinal cord or brain cannot be diagnosed. Mri is often used to try to help diagnose this. Any muscle in the body can develop this problem. ...Read more
Depends: Dystonia is a neurologic syndrome characterized by sustained involuntary muscular activity producing sustained, abnormal and repetitive muscle contractions causing twisting movements, abnormal posture and functional disability. There are many types and causes with different prognoses. Some remit, some stay the same and others get worse. ...Read more
See below: In dystonia, your muscles contract involuntarily causing uncontrollable repetitive or twisting movements of the affected body part. There are several options to treat this condition. Physical therapy is often used to help address the muscle spasms and restore normal range of motion. Botox injections can also be placed into the muscle the help it relax. ...Read more
Your question did not mention where the dystonic muscles were located. There may be a reason for the dystonia that is treatable, but medications like Botox and anti-spasticity agents may be very helpful treatments that allow restoration of muscle length, especially when accompanied by physical therapy.
Diagnosis for cause, and location are essential to answer your questions fully. ...Read more
Myoclonus & dystonia: Myoclonus is characterized by a fast jerky movement of a limb or any other part of the body. Dystonia is characterized by a slow continuous movement disorder with a sustained abnormal posture of a limb or body part. Both are involuntary movement disorders with different etiologies and treatments. ...Read more