Riluzole

Pronounced

"RYE-luzz-ohl"

Common brand names:

Rilutek

Uses

This medication is used to treat a certain type of nerve disease called amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS, also commonly called Lou Gehrig's disease). Riluzole helps to slow down the worsening of this disease and prolong survival. However, it is not a cure for ALS, and it does not reverse nerve damage or muscle weakness. Riluzole is thought to work by protecting the nerves in the brain and spinal cord from too much of a natural substance called glutamate that may be part of the cause of nerve damage.

How to Use This Medication

Read the Patient Information Leaflet and Instructions for Use if available from your pharmacist before you start taking riluzole and each time you get a refill. If you have any questions, ask your doctor or pharmacist.

Take this medication by mouth on an empty stomach (at least 1 hour before or 2 hours after a meal) as directed by your doctor, usually every 12 hours.

If you are using the liquid form of this medication, gently shake the bottle for at least 30 seconds before use. Carefully measure the dose using a special measuring device/spoon. Do not use a household spoon because you may not get the correct dose.

Use this medication regularly to get the most benefit from it. To help you remember, take it at the same times each day.

Do not increase your dose or take this drug more often or for longer than prescribed because your risk of side effects will increase.

Tell your doctor if your condition gets worse.

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