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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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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