Huntington's disease

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What is Huntington's disease?

Huntington disease, an autosomal dominant disorder, is a progressive, neurodegenerative disease characterized by insidious onset of incoordination, personality changes, and psychiatric symptoms leading to severe dementia and immobility.

Common symptoms reported by people with Huntington's disease

Common symptoms
How bad it is
What people are taking for it

Reports may be affected by other conditions and/or medication side effects. We ask about general symptoms (anxious mood, depressed mood, fatigue, pain, and stress) regardless of condition.
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Treatments taken by people with Huntington's disease

Treatment name(s)
Type
How many have tried
Tried for
Treatment name(s)

(Xenazine)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
4
Tried for
Huntington's disease (4)
Treatment name(s)

(Celexa)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
2
Tried for
Huntington's disease (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Remeron)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
2
Tried for
anxious mood (1) depressed mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Abilify)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
1
Treatment name(s)

(Wellbutrin XL)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
1
Tried for
depressed mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
1
Tried for
Huntington's disease (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Valium)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
1
Tried for
anxious mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Lexapro)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
1
Tried for
anxious mood (1) depressed mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Namenda)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
1
Tried for
cognitive impairment (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Risperdal)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
1
Tried for
chorea movements (1)

Data from patients with Huntington's disease, who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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Compare treatments taken by people with Huntington's disease

Treatment name(s)
Perceived effectiveness
Side effects
Total evaluations
Tried for
Treatment name(s)

(Xenazine)
Perceived effectiveness
for Huntington's disease (1 evaluation)
Side effects
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
Huntington's disease (4)
Treatment name(s)

(Celexa)
Perceived effectiveness
for Huntington's disease (1 evaluation)
Side effects
depressed mood
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
Huntington's disease (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Remeron)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (1 evaluation)
Side effects
weight gain
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
anxious mood (1) depressed mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Abilify)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
No evaluations
Total evaluations
0
Treatment name(s)

(Wellbutrin XL)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
No evaluations
Total evaluations
0
Tried for
depressed mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Perceived effectiveness
for Huntington's disease (2 evaluations)
Side effects
sleepiness
Total evaluations
2
Tried for
Huntington's disease (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Valium)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
No evaluations
Total evaluations
0
Tried for
anxious mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Lexapro)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (1 evaluation)
Side effects
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
anxious mood (1) depressed mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Namenda)
Perceived effectiveness
for cognitive impairment (1 evaluation)
Side effects
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
cognitive impairment (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Risperdal)
Perceived effectiveness
for chorea movements (1 evaluation)
Side effects
tiredness
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
chorea movements (1)
  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell
  • Severe
  • Moderate
  • Mild
  • None

Data from patients with Huntington's disease, who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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Who has Huntington's disease on PatientsLikeMe?


Age
Age Proportion # of patients
<20 7
20s 69
30s 201
40s 282
50s 224
60s 145
70+ 40
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 13
20-29 years 29
30-39 years 51
40-49 years 36
50-59 years 11
60-69 years 9
70+ years 1

Sex

Distribution of sex

70% Female
30% Male

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 194
Not Diagnosed 30

These charts show data from Huntington's disease patients who have completed their condition history
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