Can medications used to treat dystonia be used during pregnancy?

There have been very few studies on the effects of dystonia medications and botulinum toxin in pregnant women, and so therefore it is generally recommended that women who are pregnant cease drug treatment. In some cases a woman may (gradually) stop taking oral drugs completely, in other cases the dose is reduced. Treatment for dystonia during pregnancy is very individual and each woman's situation is unique. There is no single recommendation for all women patients, and women should discuss their situation with an experienced movement disorder specialist.

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When your muscles contract involuntarily, the condition is called dystonia. Dystonia causes a twisting or clenching of whatever body part is affected. For example, when you have a stroke, the affected arm and hand may be clenched ...

and held in a strange position. Dystonia can be very mild or very severe. It can make your life very difficult and this can lead to frustration, depression or anxiety. See your doctor to treat your symptoms and talk over your frustrations.

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