Huntington Disease Dementia (cont.)
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Drugs are used to control emotional and behavioral symptoms in persons with HD.
These drugs help relieve symptoms such as agitation, screaming, combativeness, or violence. They also relieve symptoms such as paranoia, delusions, and hallucinations.
These drugs are most often used to rapidly calm a person who is extremely agitated and/or anxious. These drugs are not widely used in people with dementia because they can actually increase memory problems and confusion. An example is lorazepam (Ativan).
These drugs are used mainly to stop seizures. They tend to stabilize mood and are sometimes used in people who are not psychotic but are agitated or having mood swings. They can also be used for persons with psychotic symptoms that do not get better with antipsychotic treatment. An example is carbamazepine (Tegretol).
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 1/7/2015
Idan Sharon, MD
Nestor Galvez-Jimenez, MD
Francisco Talavera, PharmD, PhD
Helmi L Lutsep, MD
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