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.

Common symptoms reported by people with MSA (Multiple System Atrophy)

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Treatments taken by people with MSA (Multiple System Atrophy)

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Type
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(Sinemet)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
35
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(Klonopin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
18
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(Florinef)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
16
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(Symmetrel)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
5
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(Cymbalta)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
5
Tried for
Depressed mood (4) Pain (1)
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Treatment name(s)

(Colace)
Type
Over the Counter Drug
How many have tried
4
Tried for
Constipation (4)
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Treatment name(s)

(Lexapro)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
4
Tried for
Depressed mood (3) Anxious mood (1)
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Treatment name(s)

(Vicodin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
4
Tried for
Pain (4)
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Treatment name(s)

(Generlac)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
4
Tried for
Constipation (4)
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Treatment name(s)

(Home Physical Therapy)
Type
Physical Therapy
How many have tried
4

Data from patients with MSA (Multiple System Atrophy), who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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Compare treatments taken by people with MSA (Multiple System Atrophy)

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Treatment name(s)

(Sinemet)
Perceived effectiveness
for MSA (Multiple System Atrophy) (11 evaluations)
Side effects
Low blood pressure Allergic reaction 7 more
How many evaluations
18
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Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Perceived effectiveness
for MSA (Multiple System Atrophy) (5 evaluations)
Side effects
Dizziness with hypotension upon standing
How many evaluations
5
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Treatment name(s)

(Florinef)
Perceived effectiveness
for MSA (Multiple System Atrophy) (5 evaluations)
Side effects
couldn't walk for 6-8 hour afterwards
How many evaluations
5
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Treatment name(s)

(Symmetrel)
Perceived effectiveness
for MSA (Multiple System Atrophy) (1 evaluation)
Side effects
Dizziness and feeling faint
How many evaluations
3
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Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Perceived effectiveness
for Depressed mood (1 evaluation)
Side effects
How many evaluations
1
Tried for
Depressed mood (4) Pain (1)
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Treatment name(s)

(Colace)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
No evaluations
How many evaluations
0
Tried for
Constipation (4)
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Treatment name(s)

(Lexapro)
Perceived effectiveness
for Anxious mood (1 evaluation)
Side effects
Excessive daytime sleepiness (somnolence)
How many evaluations
1
Tried for
Depressed mood (3) Anxious mood (1)
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Treatment name(s)

(Vicodin)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
No evaluations
How many evaluations
0
Tried for
Pain (4)
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Treatment name(s)

(Generlac)
Perceived effectiveness
for Constipation (1 evaluation)
Side effects
How many evaluations
1
Tried for
Constipation (4)
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Treatment name(s)

(Home Physical Therapy)
Perceived effectiveness
for Balance problems (2 evaluations)
Side effects
How many evaluations
2

Data from patients with MSA (Multiple System Atrophy), who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell
  • Severe
  • Moderate
  • Mild
  • None

Who has MSA (Multiple System Atrophy) on PatientsLikeMe?


Age
Age Proportion # of patients
<20 0
20s 14
30s 26
40s 60
50s 153
60s 198
70+ 92

Gender

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 28
40-49 years 82
50-59 years 138
60-69 years 65
70+ years 11

Types
Condition Types Proportion # of patients
Multiple System Atrophy (MSA) 261
Olivopontocerebellar atrophy (OPCA/MSA-c) 88
Shy-Drager Syndrome (MSA-a) 50
Striatonigral degeneration (MSA-p) 68
Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 357
Not Diagnosed 54

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