ED Drugs Could Help Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy
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Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) affects 1 in every 3,500 infant boys, causing muscular degeneration and eventual death. While corticosteroids are commonly used as a short-term treatment for DMD, they are not effective for 25% of those with the disorder. For those patients, an unlikely medication could help – the erectile dysfunction medications tadalafil and sildenafil. A study published in Neurology evaluated 10 boys between the ages of 8–13 with DMD and blood flow problems who were given a single dose of tadalafil or sildenafil. After receiving the medication, the participants showed significant and immediate improvement in blood flow in their muscles. While it is unlikely that this treatment could cure DMD, it may slow the progression of the disease, says lead researcher Dr. Ronald Victor.
Viagra and Cialis - normally used for treating male impotence - could be used to fight a muscle-wasting disorder in boys, say scientists in the US. In tests the drugs helped improve blood flow to the muscles of boys with Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD). Boys with DMD had "blood flow ...
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