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Latest Mexiletine Stories

2012-10-03 10:06:21

Preliminary research finds that for patients with nondystrophic myotonias (NDMs), rare diseases that affect the skeletal muscle and cause functionally limiting stiffness and pain, use of the anti-arrhythmic medication mexiletine resulted in improvement in patient-reported stiffness, according to a preliminary study in the October 3 issue of JAMA. Data on treatment of NDMs are largely anecdotal, consisting of case series and a single-blind, controlled trials of several medications including...

2010-05-05 10:05:54

A medication most often used to treat heart arrhythmias also reduces a central symptom of myotonic dystrophy, the most common type of muscular dystrophy in adults. The findings about the medication mexiletine "“ a chemical cousin of lidocaine "“ were published May 4 in the journal Neurology, a publication of the American Academy of Neurology. Currently there is no drug approved to treat myotonic dystrophy, an inherited disease that is marked by progressive muscle weakness. While...

2005-10-21 19:29:52

Lidocaine and similar local anesthetics are effective for treating pain that emanates from damaged nerves, according to a systematic review of current evidence. Neuropathic pain, which can occur with chronic diseases or conditions, is frequently unresponsive to treatment and worsens over time. "Intravenous lidocaine and oral derivatives relieve pain from damage to the nervous system," found authors Ivo W. Tremont-Lukats, M.D., of the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, and colleagues....