Which medications in the drug class Corticosteroids are used in the treatment of Muscular Dystrophy?

Updated: Aug 17, 2020
  • Author: Twee T Do, MD; Chief Editor: Jeffrey D Thomson, MD  more...
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Glucocorticoid drugs delay the cytotoxic damage of MD to the necrosing muscle cells.

Prednisone (Deltasone, Prednisone Intensol, Rayos)

Prednisone exhibits beneficial effects in treatment of Duchenne MD in dosages ranging from 0.75 mg/kg/day to 1.5 mg/kg/day. Therapeutic effects are believed to be mediated through suppression of cytotoxic T-cell expression from necrotic muscles. Response to therapy may not last beyond several months, and adverse effects (eg, rapid weight gain, osteoporosis, myopathy, and growth retardation) limit its use.

Deflazacort (Emflaza)

Deflazacort, an oxazoline derivative of prednisolone, represents one of the newer corticosteroids for Duchenne MD. The FDA-approved dose is 0.9 mg/kg/day. It elicits a therapeutic response similar to that of prednisone.

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