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Old 21-07-18, 09:54 PM   #21
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Default Re: Olanzapine

Allan thank you so much for the list my hubby has h d and we normally just go with the flow but things have ramped up this last couple of months and he's finally agreed to go to the doctor maybe even the neurologist ,fingers crossed, he's on 60 mg of fluoxitine daily for severe depression and zopiclone twice a week to help him sleep but he needs more as his anxiety is getting so had he barely leaves the house and hides when family come to visit. We can now be fore armed when we go to the doctor's next week,so many many thanks again you have saved me hours on the internet wading through drug stuff
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Old 23-07-18, 12:02 PM   #22
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Default Re: Olanzapine - and other (HD) meds.

Hi Steffi

I’ve got no background in all things medical - but I have seen the negative effects of mixed-medication and mismanaged medication in various formats. It does, sometimes, seem as though it can be a bit hit-and-miss with medication used for symptoms related to HD. So, better to be forewarned and forearmed.

I’m not sure if you’d like to go a little further but the following booklet may help. Phone the HDA [0151-3315444] and ask for copies to pass on to your GP and Neurologist. They may not be aware of the full implications of HD.

A Guide to Huntington’s Disease for General Practitioners and The Primary Health Care Team

In many cases, Healthcare organisations just copy from other sources. Many medical websites seem to do this - and, in many circumstances, the message gets lost in the crossover and becomes totally inadequate for what you might be researching:

In this particular case below, although it seems all-embracing, there is no indication where the information is sourced from:

Medication for Huntington's disease

Medicines, which can be taken in liquid form if necessary, include:

• Antidepressants. These should be considered as they can improve mood swings and treat
depression. They include:
- SSRI antidepressants such as fluoxetine, sertraline, citalopram and paroxetine,
- tricyclic antidepressants such as nortriptyline, and
- other types of antidepressants, including nefazodone, bupropion and venlafaxine.

• Medication to supress chorea (involuntary movements). These drugs include:
- tetrabenazine, which reduces the amount of dopamine (a chemical) reaching some of the nerve
cells in the brain,
- benzodiazepines, such as clonazepam and diazepam, and
- neuroleptics, such as olanzapine, risperidone, quetiapine and haloperidol.

• Antipsychotic medication, such as fluphenazine, haloperidol, risperidone, olanzapine and

• Medication to treat mania (an abnormally high state of mood), such as neuroleptics, sodium
valproate and carbamazepine.

It's all a bit like pick-and-mix to me ... … slides 28 & 38 list the appropriate meds.

Best wishes ...

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