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How can edaravone (Radicava) treat amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS)?

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ALS, also called Lou Gehrig’s disease, kills the nerves that control motion in your body. Edaravone is one of two drugs that can help slow ALS and help you live longer. Edaravone is an antioxidant that can prevent damage to nerve cells from toxic substances called free radicals. You take it through an IV. The most common side effects include bruising, unsteady gait, and headache.

From: Are There Any Treatments for ALS? WebMD Medical Reference

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LS Association: “Quick Facts About ALS.”

Mayo Clinic: “Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis: Treatment.”

CDC: “Prevalence of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis -- United States, 2012–2013.”

Johns Hopkins University, Robert Packard Center for Treatment of ALS.

National Institute of Neurological Diseases and Stroke: “Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis Fact Sheet.”

University of California, San Francisco Medical Center: “ALS.”

Reviewed by Neil Lava on June 03, 2017

SOURCES: 

LS Association: “Quick Facts About ALS.”

Mayo Clinic: “Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis: Treatment.”

CDC: “Prevalence of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis -- United States, 2012–2013.”

Johns Hopkins University, Robert Packard Center for Treatment of ALS.

National Institute of Neurological Diseases and Stroke: “Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis Fact Sheet.”

University of California, San Francisco Medical Center: “ALS.”

Reviewed by Neil Lava on June 03, 2017

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