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Myotonic Dystrophy

Medically reviewed by Drugs.com. Last updated on Jul 7, 2024.

What is myotonic dystrophy?

Myotonic dystrophy is an inherited disease that leads to muscle weakness and loss. Myotonic dystrophy causes your muscles to become stiff when you use them. It also causes your muscles to have difficulty relaxing. Myotonic dystrophy affects other parts of your body, such as your heart, eyes, brain, and stomach. Myotonic dystrophy usually begins in adult life.

How is myotonic dystrophy diagnosed?

How is myotonic dystrophy treated?

There is no cure for myotonic dystrophy. The goal of treatment is to help reduce your symptoms and maintain your strength. You may need any of the following:

Treatment options

The following list of medications are related to or used in the treatment of this condition.

How can I manage my myotonic dystrophy?

Call your local emergency number (911 in the US) or have someone call if:

When should I call my doctor?

Care Agreement

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