Huntington’s Disease

huntington's disease lawsuits

Huntington’s disease (HD) is a genetic disorder that has no known cure. The disease causes, over time, a breakdown of nerve cells in the brain. Onset starts between ages 30 and 50 and deteriorates the victims physical and mental abilities. This usually happens during their prime wage earning years. HD is known as the quintessential family disease because every child of a parent with HD has a 50/50 chance of inheriting the faulty gene. Studies show that there are roughly 30,000 Americans with Huntington’s Disease symptoms. In addition, there are more than 200,000 at-risk of inheriting the disease. If you, or a loved one, have been diagnosed with Huntington’s Disease you may be entitled to benefits and financial compensation.

Treatment For Huntington’s Disease

Tetrabenazine (Xenazine) is approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat the jerky, involuntary movements, or chorea, associated with HD.

Side effects include depression and suicidal ideation, thoughts or actions.

Symptoms include:

  • feeling sad and having crying spells
  • losing interest in friends and previously enjoyable activities
  • sleeping more or less than usual and feeling tired
  • feeling guilty or unimportant
  • feeling more irritable, angry, or anxious than before
  • eating less than usual, possibly with weight loss
  • having difficulty focusing
  • thinking about harming oneself or ending one’s life

These symptoms as well as other mood changes should be reported to the patients doctor immediately.

Huntington’s Disease victims with a history of depression, especially with suicidal thoughts, should not use tretrabenazine.

In addition to tretrabenazine there are several medications to control involuntary movements, spasms, outbursts, and hallucinations. These drugs can be:

  • clonazepam (Klonopin)
  • haloperidol
  • clozapine (Clorazil)

These drugs may cause sedation, as well as stiffness and rigidity.

For depression and some obsessive-compulsive features that can appear with HD, the doctor may prescribe:

  • fluoxetine (Prozac, Sarafem)
  • sertraline (Zoloft)
  • nortriptyline (Pamelor)

Lithium may help with extreme emotions and mood swings.

As you can see these meds only help with symptoms and they are very hard on the body and mind. HD medications can easily lead to illness, injury, suicidal ideation and wrongful death. Please connect with our catastrophic injury attorneys handling Huntington’s Disease lawsuits today.

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