Drug treatments for muscle symptoms

There is a lot of research happening at the moment in the area of new drugs for DMD. In this document the experts only gave recommendations where there is already sufficient evidence for a treatment. These recommendations will change in future when new evidence (such as the results of clinical trials) becomes available. The guidelines will be reviewed as new results become available.

Although it is expected that in future a wider range of treatment options will be available, at the present time, the only drug treatment for the musculoskeletal symptoms of DMD that the experts agreed there was sufficient evidence to be able to recommend is steroid treatment. Steroids are discussed in detail on the following web page. Drug treatments for other specific symptoms of the disease, such as heart problems, are discussed in separate sections.

Information based on consensus statement (published in January 2010)