Brittany Murphy Had Dysautonomia?

Brittany Murphy’s half-brother has mentioned a genetic disorder as a possible cause of her sudden death at the age of 32. Sarah (?) at POTS Awareness (page has background music) posted that link on Twitter.

I’m not sure what to think of that. I’m not really “with it,” & wasn’t sure who Brittany Murphy was. Not really into current popular culture I guess. Found out she played the girl with chicken under the bed in Girl, Interrupted and was in 8 Mile so OK, I knew who she was then. She was a good actress & very young & it’s sad.

The list of prescription medications found at her house included Propranolol, a beta blocker that is commonly prescribed for POTS and some anti-anxiety medications that are also typically prescribed for dysautonomia because SSRIs help regulate norepinephrine & the sympathetic nervous system.


Medications used to treat POTS

A review of postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome – Sheila Carew, Margaret O. Connor, John Cooke, Richard Conway, Christine Sheehy, Aine Costelloe and Declan Lyons*

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  • Alyssa  On June 30, 2010 at 5:38 am

    I think that she might have been in Clueless as well. It's not often that we do hear about the celebrities and their secrets such as Brittany's. I think we would be suprised to find that there are actually quite a few celebrities dealing with secret disability or even health issues behind the closed doors. How they keep those shutters closed I don't know.Alyssa

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