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What is Huntington's disease medical treatment?

Currently, there are no specific Huntington’s disease treatments. However, there are many medications that can improve individual symptoms, such as medications that improve chorea (abnormal movements), depression and psychosis, as well as memory impairment. There are also several drugs being studied that may be specifically helpful for Huntington’s disease treatment.

Types

Medications most frequently used in the management of Huntington’s disease include medications that block the dopamine in the brain—a chemical in the brain (neurotransmitter) that is associated with some of the excessive movements and behavioral abnormalities. Examples of medications include risperidone, olanzapine and haloperidol.

Medications that can improve memory and help with depression are also commonly utilized.

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