MSA (Multiple System Atrophy)

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What is MSA (Multiple System Atrophy)?

Multiple system atrophy (MSA) is a degenerative neurological disorder. MSA is associated with the degeneration of nerve cells in specific areas of the brain. This cell degeneration causes problems with movement, balance and autonomic functions of the body such as bladder control.

What is it like to have MSA (Multiple System Atrophy)?

Common symptoms How bad it is What people are taking for it
Carbidopa-Levodopa, Cyclobenzaprine, Baclofen
Sertraline, Clonazepam, Alprazolam
Donepezil, Methylphenidate, Memantine
Nothing reported yet
Duloxetine, Escitalopram, Fluoxetine
Memantine, Mental Exercise
Meclizine Prescription, Midodrine, Fludrocortisone
Gabapentin, Carisoprodol, Zopiclone
Oxybutynin, Solifenacin, Desmopressin
Ibuprofen, Tramadol, Hydrocodone-Acetaminophen
Temazepam, Amitriptyline, Quetiapine
Alprazolam, Asthmanex, Prednisone
Modafinil, Rest, Amantadine
Vitamin E
Carbidopa-Levodopa, Diet modification
Physical Therapy (PT), Walker, Walking Stick/Cane
Nothing reported yet
Docusate, Senna, Polyethylene Glycol 3350
Armodafinil, Amantadine
Sertraline, Iron Infusion, Diet modification
Desvenlafaxine, Meditation, Clonazepam
Biotene Toothpaste, Medactive Oral
Nothing reported yet

What do patients take to treat MSA (Multiple System Atrophy) and its symptoms?

Treatments reported by members Perceived effectiveness Overall rating of side effects # of Evaluations

(Co-careldopa, Sinemet 25/100, Sinemet ER 50/200, Sinemet 25/250)


(Clonotril, APO Clonazepam, Rivotril drops, Klonopin Wafer)


(Prolopa 100/25, Madopar, Madopar Depot, Madopark Quick Mite)




These charts show data from MSA patients’ latest treatment evaluations
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  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell
  • Severe
  • Moderate
  • Mild
  • None

Who has MSA (Multiple System Atrophy) on PatientsLikeMe?

  • 721 patients have this condition
  • 4 new patients joined this month
  • 679 say MSA is their primary condition

Age Proportion # of patients
<20 0
20s 15
30s 25
40s 61
50s 146
60s 172
70+ 82


Distribution of females vs. males

52% Females
48% Males
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 8
20-29 years 15
30-39 years 27
40-49 years 77
50-59 years 133
60-69 years 66
70+ years 11

Condition Types Proportion # of patients
Multiple System Atrophy (MSA) 235
Olivopontocerebellar atrophy (OPCA/MSA-c) 81
Shy-Drager Syndrome (MSA-a) 47
Striatonigral degeneration (MSA-p) 64
Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 344
Not Diagnosed 52

These charts show data from MSA patients who have completed their condition history
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