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Viagra For Muscular Dystrophy

Posted Jul 23 2010 5:33pm 1 Comment

As a family doc in practice for over 30 years I have been always tried to conceptualize disease states beyond the standard text book parameters.

Thus I was elated by the prospect of discovering a new beneficial treatment for muscular dystrophy when 5 years ago I gave some Viagra to a 57-year old patient of mine with limb girdle muscular dystrophy for the usual purpose. In June, 2005 he returned to tell me that for 2 to 5 days after he took Viagra he felt substantially stronger in all his muscles.

He had better balance; he could get out of a chair easier; he could now do standing push-ups against a wall for exercise. Over 3 days this would gradually wear off and he would return to his base line state. This phenomenon was reproducible with additional doses.

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Have you gave it to some Duchenne patient?
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