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
29
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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
15
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Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
5
Tried for
Depressed mood (4) Pain (1)
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Treatment name(s)

(Symmetrel)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
4
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Treatment name(s)

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

(Mylan Baclofen)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
3
Tried for
Stiffness/Spasticity (2) Pain (1)
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Treatment name(s)

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

(Colace)
Type
Over the Counter Drug
How many have tried
3
Tried for
Constipation (3)
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Treatment name(s)

(Lexapro)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
3
Tried for
Depressed mood (2) Anxious mood (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) (7 evaluations)
Side effects
Allergic reaction Low blood pressure 3 more
How many evaluations
13
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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) (6 evaluations)
Side effects
couldn't walk for 6-8 hour afterwards
How many evaluations
6
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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)

(Symmetrel)
Perceived effectiveness
for Excessive daytime sleepiness (somnolence) (1 evaluation)
Side effects
Dizziness and feeling faint
How many evaluations
2
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Treatment name(s)

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

(Mylan Baclofen)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (1 evaluation)
Side effects
How many evaluations
1
Tried for
Stiffness/Spasticity (2) Pain (1)
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Treatment name(s)

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

(Colace)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
No evaluations
How many evaluations
0
Tried for
Constipation (3)
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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 (2) Anxious mood (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 13
30s 26
40s 56
50s 158
60s 214
70+ 103

Sex

Distribution of sex

53% Female
47% Male
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 83
50-59 years 139
60-69 years 68
70+ years 11

Types
Condition Types Proportion # of patients
Multiple System Atrophy (MSA) 273
Olivopontocerebellar atrophy (OPCA/MSA-c) 90
Shy-Drager Syndrome (MSA-a) 52
Striatonigral degeneration (MSA-p) 71
Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 365
Not Diagnosed 54

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