Huntington's Disease
Treatment

Currently, there is no cure for Huntington's disease and no treatment to slow its progression. Treatments are available, however, to help control the symptoms.

Medications may help alleviate involuntary movements and may be used to help control hallucinations, delusions and violent outbursts. Anti-psychotic drugs can have severe side effects, though, including stiffness and sedation, and for that reason are used in the lowest possible doses. Anti-depressants are used for depression and tranquilizers can help with severe mood swings.

A special diet may be prescribed to help with swallowing problems and to prevent weight loss.

Studies are being conducted to determine if antioxidants and other agents help protect the brain and prevent degeneration in HD. So far, these studies have not shown any benefit.

Reviewed by health care specialists at UCSF Medical Center.

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UCSF Clinics & Centers

Medical Genetics

Huntington's Disease
1500 Owens St., Suite 320
San Francisco, CA 94158
Phone: (415) 353-2057
Fax: (415) 353-8292
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Neurology and Neurosurgery

Memory and Aging Center
1500 Owens St., Suite 320
San Francisco, CA 94158
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