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Huntington disease


Other Names for this Disease
  • HD
  • Huntington chorea
  • Huntington's chorea
  • Huntington's disease
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Treatment

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How might Huntington disease be treated?

Unfortunately, there is currently no cure for Huntington disease (HD) and no way to stop the progression of the condition. The current goal of treatment is to slow down the course of the disease and help affected people function for as long and as comfortably as possible.[1]

Current treatment strategies involve the use of various medications to treat specific symptoms such as abnormal movements and behaviors. Depression and suicide are more common among affected people, so caregivers should monitor for associated symptoms and seek help if necessary. As symptoms of the disease worsen, affected people need more assistance, supervision, and care.[1]
Last updated: 7/8/2015

References
  1. Huntington disease. MedlinePlus. May 28, 2013; http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/000770.htm.


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Clinical Trials & Research for this Disease

  • ClinicalTrials.gov lists trials that are studying or have studied Huntington disease. Click on the link to go to ClinicalTrials.gov to read descriptions of these studies.

Medical Products

The medication(s) listed in the table(s) below have been approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for treatment of this condition. The FDA Office of Orphan Products Development designates "orphan products" for those that treat rare diseases affecting fewer than 200,000 Americans. The table(s) below may not be an exhaustive list of drugs or products used to treat this condition. There may be other products available that are not considered orphan products. To search for all FDA approved drugs, visit Drugs@FDA. You can find orphan products used to treat other conditions by searching the Orphan Drug Product Designation database.


Generic Name Tetrabenazine
Trade Name
(Manufacturer Name)
Xenazine®
(Lundbeck Inc.)
Indication
The FDA has approved this product to be used in this manner.
Treatment of chorea associated with Huntington's disease
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Other Names for this Disease
  • HD
  • Huntington chorea
  • Huntington's chorea
  • Huntington's disease
See Disclaimer regarding information on this site. Some links on this page may take you to organizations outside of the National Institutes of Health.