Treatment is based on the type of chorea the person has. If medicines are used, the health care provider will decide which medicine to prescribe based on the person’s symptoms and signs.
Treatment is aimed at the cause of the movements.
If the movements are due to a medicine, the medicine should be stopped, if possible.
If the movements are due to a disease, the disorder should be treated.
For people with Huntington disease, if the movements are severe and affect the person's life, medicines such as tetrabenazine may help control them.
Excitement and fatigue can make chorea worse. Rest improves chorea. Try to reduce emotional stress.
Safety measures should also be taken to prevent injury from the involuntary movements.
Call your health care provider if
Call your health care provider if you have unexplained body motions that are unpredictable and do not go away.
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David C. Dugdale, III, MD, Professor of Medicine, Division of General Medicine, Department of Medicine, University of Washington School of Medicine. Also reviewed by A.D.A.M. Health Solutions, Ebix, Inc., Editorial Team: David Zieve, MD, MHA, David R. Eltz, Stephanie Slon, and Nissi Wang