Focal Dystonia Treatment

Can this condition be treated? What Focal Dystonia treatment options are available? Learn more below about the current treatments available to patients.


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How to Treat Focal Dystonia

Talk with your doctor about the best treatment plan for you. Treatment options include the following:


Certain medicines may help correct imbalances in neurotransmitters. Medicines used to treat dystonia include:

  • Trihexyphenidyl
  • Benztropine
  • Procyclidine HCl
  • Muscle relaxants
  • Levodopa and carbidopa
  • Bromocriptine

Anticonvulsant medicines may also help people with dystonia. Your doctor will balance treating your symptoms with reducing the risk of side effects from the medicines.

Botulinum Toxin Injections

Injecting botulinum toxin (eg, botox) directly into the muscles affected by dystonia can weaken the muscle. This may help improve symptoms for 3-4 months.


Surgery to cut the nerves leading to muscles affected by dystonia or removing the muscles altogether may help reduce muscle contractions. In addition, surgery to destroy the small area within the brain that dystonia originates from may successfully stop or reduce the disorder. More recently, some success has been reported using surgically implanted deep brain stimulation to reduce symptoms of dystonia.


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