ED drug Cialis helps patients with muscular dystrophy

Cialis, one of the top drugs used in the treatment of erectile dysfunction (ED), has the potential to help patients with muscular dystrophy. This conclusion was made by a group of medical researchers who studied how effective the drug may be for this condition. Cialis has unique properties that make it suitable for managing a range of non-ED health problems, and muscular dystrophy could be one among them too.

Known medically as Becker muscular dystrophy (BMD), this is a condition that affects about 3 to 4 children in a group 100,000. This progressive condition does not have a cure and patients experience gradual weakening of muscles in the legs and pelvic areas. The condition is mostly found in boys. Cialis will not be able to cure this condition as such but it can definitely help to slow down the progression of muscle weakness. Read on to see how it was established that Cialis could be part of the therapy in muscular dystrophy patients.

Details of the study that indicated the usefulness of Cialis in muscular dystrophy patients

A relatively small study was conducted in the Cedar-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, California on a group of men who had muscular dystrophy. Both placebo and Cialis were used in this study. Prior to using the medication, the researchers discovered that exercising reduce the blood flow, which could be contributing factors for muscle weakness and fatigue. Following the administration of Cialis, the study results demonstrated that 8 out of 9 patients who took Cialis responded well to the drug and were able to have normal blood flow while exercising.

Cialis is a PDE5 inhibitor that helps the blood vessels to relax and improve the blood flow. Available as the brand name of Tadalafil, Cialis works similar medications for ED like Viagra and Levitra but is different in that its effects for longer. The study results indicating that Cialis may be useful in managing the condition in patients with BMD is promising indeed.

Can Cialis be prescribed in patients with muscular dystrophy?

Although Cialis may have demonstrated sufficient capabilities in helping improve the muscle weakness in patients with muscular dystrophy, it is not recommended to prescribe this drug as yet. Larger studies in bigger controlled groups are required to study the effects of Cialis more before prescribing the drug to patients. Currently, there are other treatments available for muscular dystrophy. The off-label use of Cialis should not be done in patients with muscular dystrophy till the time when it is fully understood whether taking the drug will be meaningful in improving the blood flow or not. Meanwhile, the drug can definitely be prescribed for its approved uses.

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