Multiple System Atrophy Treatment
- What It Is
- Risk Factors
- Living With
- User Questions
- Alternative Treatment
- Care Guide
- Questions for Your Doctor
- When to Contact a Doctor
- Find a Doctor
- Resource Guide
How to Treat Multiple System Atrophy
There is no specific treatment for MSA. Symptoms may be treated. Talk with your doctor about the best plan for you. Options include the following:
Various medications may be used to treat the symptoms of MSA:
- Levodopa -used to treat Parkinson's disease; may be used to treat muscle rigidity
- Increasing dietary salt and fluids, compression stockings, elevating the head of the bed, and medications that raise blood pressure may be used to treat hypotension
- Other drugs may be used to treat the symptoms of Constipation , urinary, or erectile dysfunction
- Continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) for Sleep Apnea and other breathing problems during sleep
Therapy may be used to keep muscles strong and maintain range of motion.
This therapy may be used to improve functions of daily living. This includes help with eating, grooming, and dressing.
This may help speaking and swallowing. A feeding tube is sometimes inserted in later stages of MSA to deliver nutrition to the stomach.