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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Treatment name(s)

(Sinemet)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
20
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(Florinef)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
13
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(Klonopin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
8
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Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
4
Tried for
Depressed mood (3) Pain (1)
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(Symmetrel)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
3
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(Valium)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
3
Tried for
Anxious mood (2) MSA (Multiple System Atrophy) (1)
2 more
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(Elavil)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
2
Tried for
Insomnia (2)
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(Nuvigil)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
2
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(BuTrans Transdermal Patch)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
2
Tried for
Pain (2)
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Treatment name(s)

(Celexa)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
2
Tried for
Depressed mood (2) Insomnia (1)

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) (8 evaluations)
Side effects
Allergic reaction Nausea 2 more
How many evaluations
14
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Treatment name(s)

(Florinef)
Perceived effectiveness
for MSA (Multiple System Atrophy) (8 evaluations)
Side effects
Could not walk for 6-8 hour afterwards Fluid retention weight gain
How many evaluations
8
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Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Perceived effectiveness
for MSA (Multiple System Atrophy) (2 evaluations)
Side effects
How many evaluations
2
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Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
No evaluations
How many evaluations
0
Tried for
Depressed mood (3) Pain (1)
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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
1
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Treatment name(s)

(Valium)
Perceived effectiveness
for Anxious mood (2 evaluations)
Side effects
How many evaluations
2
Tried for
Anxious mood (2) MSA (Multiple System Atrophy) (1)
2 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Elavil)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
No evaluations
How many evaluations
0
Tried for
Insomnia (2)
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Treatment name(s)

(Nuvigil)
Perceived effectiveness
for Excessive daytime sleepiness (somnolence) (1 evaluation)
Side effects
Elevated blood pressure Nausea
How many evaluations
2
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Treatment name(s)

(BuTrans Transdermal Patch)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (1 evaluation)
Side effects
Dizziness with nausea Excessive daytime sleepiness (somnolence)
How many evaluations
2
Tried for
Pain (2)
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Treatment name(s)

(Celexa)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
No evaluations
How many evaluations
0
Tried for
Depressed mood (2) Insomnia (1)

Data from patients with MSA (Multiple System Atrophy), who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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Who has MSA (Multiple System Atrophy) on PatientsLikeMe?


Age
Age Proportion # of patients
<20 0
20s 9
30s 27
40s 53
50s 161
60s 240
70+ 132

Sex

Distribution of sex

52% Female
48% Male
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 8
20-29 years 14
30-39 years 30
40-49 years 89
50-59 years 153
60-69 years 68
70+ years 13

Types
Condition Types Proportion # of patients
Multiple System Atrophy (MSA) 295
Olivopontocerebellar atrophy (OPCA/MSA-c) 101
Shy-Drager Syndrome (MSA-a) 56
Striatonigral degeneration (MSA-p) 79
Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 389
Not Diagnosed 60

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