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Which drugs are best for treating secondary dystonia?

For the most part, many of the drugs of choice for secondary dystonia also work well for primary dystonia and vice versa. Wilson's disease (which is a copper abnormality) requires a very specific treatment; therefore in a case of secondary dystonia caused by this condition, treatment of Wilson's disease will also treat the dystonia. Categories of oral drugs used to treat dystonia include anticholinergics, benzodiazepines, baclofen, dopaminergic agents/dopamine-depleting agents and others.

This content originally appeared on the Dystonia Medical Research Foundation website at www.dystonia-foundation.org.

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