What is the proper treatment for progressive supranuclear palsy?

The right doctor. I believe it is important to be seen by a movement disorders neurologist for this neurodegenerative disease. This is a very difficult disease to treat. A patient may need very high doses of levodopa. Oftentimes issues such as feeding tubes are at the fore. A specialist will have more experience dealing with this rare disease and may have other options (i.e. Clinical trials) available.
It depends. Progressive supranuclear palsy (psp) can present with a variety of symptoms. Although there is not a cure, symptomatic medication treatments and therapies are important parts of a treatment regimen. Sinemet (carbidopa and levodopa) (carbidopa/levodopa) is helpful for some patients. Physical therapy, occupation therapy, and speech therapy are all important to optimize function and quality of life.

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What are the treatments for progressive supranuclear palsy?

Largely ineffective. Parkinson's meds (eg levodopa) and therapy (physical/ occupational/ speech/ swallow) might help a bit, but their benefits tend to be very limited in psp. Read more...
Good Rx available!! Dopamine meds for physical parkinsonism: Azilect (mao-b selective inhibitor) & sinemet +/- Comtan (stalevo (carbidopa and levodopa and entacapone) is both together). Tailor rx & watch for side effects. Avoid Dopamine agonists (requip xl/mirapex er/neupro)--too side effect prone for psp patients. For dementia: namenda, paired with Exelon patch or aricept. For psychosis: seroquel or clozaril. Remember, response is variable, but worthwhile. Read more...
The right doctor. I believe it is important to be seen by a movement disorders neurologist for this neurodegenerative disease. This is a very difficult disease to treat. A patient may need very high doses of levodopa. Oftentimes issues such as feeding tubes are at the fore. A specialist will have more experience dealing with this rare disease and may have other options (i.e. Clinical trials) available. Read more...

Can you please suggest treatment for progressive supranuclear palsy (psp)?

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What can cause progressive supranuclear palsy?

Unknown. It is one of the neurodegenerative disease like parkinsonism. So far no exact cause is found. Read more...
Tau protein D/O. No, tau protein deposits & neurofibrillary tangles in neurons cause the death of these cells. Because they are in some similar areas as parkinson's disease, psp can appear similar clinically, but there are clear differences. Treatment approaches are roughly the same with different areas needing most attention. Primarily balance/falls/injury, did inhibiting dementia & dysphagia/aspiration. Read more...

How can you treat progressive supranuclear palsy?

Not good. Not very much except for supportive care. Doesn't respond well to drugs used for other types of parkinson's. Read more...
Good Rx Available!!! Dopamine meds for physical parkinsonism: Azilect (mao-b selective inhibitor) & sinemet +/- Comtan (stalevo (carbidopa and levodopa and entacapone) is both together). Tailor rx & watch for side effects. Avoid Dopamine agonists (requip xl/mirapex er/neupro)--too side effect prone for psp patients. For dementia: namenda, paired with Exelon patch or aricept. For psychosis: seroquel or clozaril. Remember, response is variable, but worthwhile. Read more...
The right doctor. I believe it is important to be seen by a movement disorders neurologist for this neurodegenerative disease. This is a very difficult disease to treat. A patient may need very high doses of levodopa. Oftentimes issues such as feeding tubes are at the fore. A specialist will have more experience dealing with this rare disease and may have other options (i.e. Clinical trials) available. Read more...

What are the symptoms that characterize progressive supranuclear palsy?

Brain studies. This is a term reserved for conditions that affect the connection between nuclei controlling the eye movements with the centers in the brain usually in the frontal lobes. Inability to look up is a common finding. Read more...