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Best Medicine For Multiple System Atrophy

Multiple system atrophy is a fatal neurological disorder which is characterized by rigidity in muscles, slow movement, and instability in maintaining correct posture, tremors and so on. This occurs because of continuous degeneration of neurons present in brain. The exact cause of this disorder is not known and the common risk factors are also unidentified. However, the problem is mainly identified in people who are usually in their 50s and 60s. Studies conducted by researchers have observed that the symptoms of multiple system atrophy and the symptoms of Parkinson’s disease are almost similar in many ways. Sure shot treatment for MSA is not known, but proper medications can help in minimizing the progression of painful symptoms, thus; making the patient feels comfortable and relaxed.

Best Treatment For Multiple System Atrophy

Best Medicine For Multiple System Atrophy

Multiple system atrophy is an incurable disease, but through proper treatment the problem can be managed. The process of managing the disease includes treating the symptoms to make the individual comfortable to the possible extent and also maintain the regular body functioning. (1) For treating the general symptoms medical practitioners’ recommend the following medication-

Medication For Increasing The Blood Pressure Level– Doctors prescribe medications such as corticosteroid fludrocortisones which helps in retaining salt and water content in the body leading to high blood pressure.

Pyridostigmine Drug– Intake of this medication helps in increasing the blood pressure level while the individual is in standing position. However, it does not affect the blood pressure level when the individual is sleeping.

Midodrine Drug– This medication is very effective in increasing the blood pressure level, however; one should be very careful in while taking this medication as this can increase the blood pressure even when the person is lying down. Hence, it is highly suggested that one should never lie down minimum after four hours of taking the medication.

Droxidopa Drug– FDA i.e. Food and Drug administration has positively approved droxidopa for curing orthostatic hypotension. Some of the common side effects of this medication include nausea, headache and dizziness.

Medications For Treating Parkinson’s Disease– Medicines that are approved by Food and Drug Administration for treating the symptoms of Parkinson’s disease are a combination of carbidopa and levodopa. This combination is highly effective in treating symptoms of Parkinson’s disease such as problem in maintaining balance, slow movement, stiffness or rigidity and so on. These medications contribute in maintaining the overall well being of the patient. One interesting fact is that all the people suffering from multiple system atrophy may not respond to medications for treating Parkinson’s disease. Also, the drugs may become less effective in few years.

Pacemaker– In certain conditions doctors may suggest implanting pacemaker in heart, this helps in regulating the heart beat, which can increase the blood pressure level in the body.

Drugs Causing Impotency– Medications that are used for curing impotency include sildenafil (mainly used in Viagra or Revatio), which is designed to treat the erectile dysfunction of the body.

Controlling Interrupted Breading And Swallowing– For people who face difficulty in swallowing the food must include more the soft and liquid elements in their daily diet. If the individual keeps on facing the problem with swallowing and breading then doctors may suggest surgical treatment by which feeding or breathing tube is inserted in the body. In people suffering from severe multiple system atrophy condition, a tube may be inserted for delivering food directly in to the stomach.

Bladder Care– For people who are facing problem in controlling the bladder functioning, for them medications can be helpful in the initial stages. However, as the problems reaches in the advance phase a soft tube like structure is permanently inserted to drain the bladder content.

Therapy– Physical therapist may help in strengthening the muscle and motor capacity for limiting the progression of the problem to a considerable extent. Similarly speech therapist can help in improving the interrupted speech.


  1. https://www.multiplesystematrophy.org/about-msa/msa-treatment/

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Pramod Kerkar, M.D., FFARCSI, DA
Pramod Kerkar, M.D., FFARCSI, DA
Written, Edited or Reviewed By: Pramod Kerkar, M.D., FFARCSI, DA Pain Assist Inc. This article does not provide medical advice. See disclaimer
Last Modified On:April 16, 2019

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