Saturday, December 29, 2012

Dantrolene shows promise for treating DMD

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We know that, Dantrolene sodium is a muscle relaxant that acts by abolishing excitation-contraction coupling in muscle cells, probably by action on the ryanodine receptor. It is the only specific and effective treatment for malignant hyperthermia, a rare, life-threatening disorder triggered by general anesthesia. It is also used in the management of neuroleptic malignant syndrome, muscle spasticity (e.g. after strokes, in paraplegiacerebral palsy, or patients with multiple sclerosis), 3,4-methylenedioxymethamphetamine ("ecstasy") intoxication, serotonin syndrome, and 2,4-dinitrophenol poisoning. It is marketed by JHP Pharmaceuticals LLC as Dantrium (in North America) and Dantrolen (Europe).

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