riluzole - oral, Rilutek
GENERIC NAME: RILUZOLE - ORAL (RIL-ue-zole)
BRAND NAME(S): 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: Take this medication by mouth, usually every 12 hours on an empty stomach, at least 1 hour before or 2 hours after a meal or as directed by your doctor.Do not increase your dose or take this medication more often than prescribed. There is no increased benefit with higher doses, but the risk of side effects is greater.Take this medication regularly to get the most benefit from it. To help you remember, take it at the same times each day in the morning and evening.Inform your doctor if your condition worsens.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 4/16/2014
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