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How do medications treat congenital myotonic dystrophy?

Most of the time, medications aren't used as a primary treatment for congenital myotonic dystrophy. In some cases, drugs such as mexiletine or phenytoin, which are often used to treat other forms of muscular dystrophy, may be given. However, there are negative side effects of these drugs that may be harmful for children, so these medications may not be used very often to treat congenital myotonic dystrophy. The only other medications that may be used are those that help control other symptoms, such as sleepiness and digestive issues. Other than that, other methods such as physical therapy and assistive devices are more commonly used to treat this disease.

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