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How is Becker muscular dystrophy treated?

Duchenne and Becker muscular dystrophy are names for the same disorder caused by genetic mutations in the DMD gene.  The most common medication used to treat this disorder is a corticosteroid such as prednisone. This medication is taken by mouth and helps slow the progression of muscle deterioration and may increase muscle strength. However, there are many side effects for people who use corticosteroids over a long time period, so it's important to follow doctor's recommendations for taking corticosteroids. Certain heart medications may also be prescribed if this disorder affects the heart muscles.

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