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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(Sinemet)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
21
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(Florinef)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
14
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(Klonopin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
12
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(Cymbalta)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
5
Tried for
Depressed mood (4) Pain (1)
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(Symmetrel)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
3
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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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Treatment name(s)

(Mylan Baclofen)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
2
Tried for
Pain (2)
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Treatment name(s)

(BuTrans Transdermal Patch)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
2
Tried for
Pain (2)
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Treatment name(s)

(Stalevo)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
2

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) (4 evaluations)
Side effects
Allergic reaction Nausea 1 more
How many evaluations
7
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Treatment name(s)

(Florinef)
Perceived effectiveness
for MSA (Multiple System Atrophy) (7 evaluations)
Side effects
couldn't walk for 6-8 hour afterwards
How many evaluations
7
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Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Perceived effectiveness
for MSA (Multiple System Atrophy) (4 evaluations)
Side effects
Dizziness with hypotension upon standing
How many evaluations
4
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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 MSA (Multiple System Atrophy) (1 evaluation)
Side effects
Dizziness and feeling faint
How many evaluations
1
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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 sometimes
How many evaluations
2
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Treatment name(s)

(Mylan Baclofen)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (2 evaluations)
Side effects
Shortness of breath (dyspnea)
How many evaluations
2
Tried for
Pain (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)

(Stalevo)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
No evaluations
How many evaluations
0

Data from patients with MSA (Multiple System Atrophy), who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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  • Slight
  • None
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  • None

Who has MSA (Multiple System Atrophy) on PatientsLikeMe?


Age
Age Proportion # of patients
<20 0
20s 10
30s 29
40s 59
50s 159
60s 224
70+ 117

Sex

Distribution of sex

53% Female
47% Male
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 9
20-29 years 14
30-39 years 30
40-49 years 85
50-59 years 148
60-69 years 68
70+ years 12

Types
Condition Types Proportion # of patients
Multiple System Atrophy (MSA) 285
Olivopontocerebellar atrophy (OPCA/MSA-c) 94
Shy-Drager Syndrome (MSA-a) 53
Striatonigral degeneration (MSA-p) 78
Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 381
Not Diagnosed 58

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