Approved Treatments for Muscular Dystrophy
Patients with MD are often prescribed corticosteroids, also called glucocorticoids, which may preserve muscle tissue by reducing both inflammation and immune system attacks on those tissues. They also may speed up the processes that are involved in repairing cell membranes. There are many types of corticosteroids that may be prescribed for muscular dystrophy.
Exon skipping is a treatment approach for people whose Duchenne muscular dystrophy is due to certain mutations in its causative gene. Exon skipping works like a molecular patch, so that the DMD gene can produce a shorter version of the dystrophin protein to help protect and maintain the strength of muscle fibers.