Treatments for Shy-Drager Syndrome
Treatment List for Shy-Drager Syndrome
The list of treatments mentioned in various sources
for Shy-Drager Syndrome
includes the following list.
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- Antiparkinsonian medication
- Treatments for orthostatic hypotension:
- Feeding tube - if feeding or swallowing difficulties require.
- Breathing tube - for breathing difficulty.
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Discussion of treatments for Shy-Drager Syndrome:
Orthostatic hypotension in Shy-Drager syndrome is
treatable, but there is not known effective treatment for the progression
central nervous system degeneration. The general treatment course is aimed
at controlling symptoms. Antiparkinsonian medication, such as L-dopa, may
be helpful. To relieve low blood pressure while standing, dietary
increases of salt and fluid may be beneficial. Medications to elevate
blood pressure, such as salt-retaining steroids, are often necessary, but
they can cause side effects and should be carefully monitored by a
physician. Alpha-adrenergic medications, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory
drugs, and sympathomimetic amines are sometimes used. Sleeping in a
head-up position at night reduces morning orthostatic hypotension. An
artificial feeding tube or breathing tube may be surgically inserted for
management of swallowing and breathing difficulties.
(Source: excerpt from NINDS Shy-Drager Syndrome Information Page: NINDS
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