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Treatments and therapies for DMD

Current treatments and therapies can slow down DMD progression and improve quality of life. We're working to bring more effective treatments to patients by funding research and accelerating the drug development process.

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The International Standards of Care for DMD

Good care can have a big impact on people with DMD’s quality of life and life expectancy. 

Parents/caregivers and medical professionals should refer to The Diagnosis and Management of DMD, an international guide published in the Lancet Neurology in 2010 and updated in 2018. A more accessible Guide for Families is available in multiple languages. This will help you to understand the recommended care and treatment for children and adults living with DMD. 

 

Download the Guide from TREAT-NMD

Approved treatments in the UK

The following medications can be prescribed to treat Duchenne muscular dystrophy and some of the complications of the disease. Not all treatments are suitable for every patient or for every stage of DMD, so speak to your doctor about your/your child's needs.

Treatments approved outside the UK

Different countries have medicine and healthcare regulatory agencies with different criteria for drug approval, so some treatments that have not been approved for use in the UK are available elsewhere.

Supporting therapies for DMD

Supporting therapies and technology can improve the quality of life of those living with DMD and ease the symptoms of the disease.

Find out more

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DMD Care UK

Find out about our project to improve the standards of DMD care throughout the UK.

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Treatments in the pipeline

Duchenne UK is funding research to bring effective treatments to patients, faster.

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Join our fight

Join us and be part of something incredible: the fight to end Duchenne. Find out how you can get involved.

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