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How can riluzole (Rilutek) 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. Riluzole is one of two drugs that can help slow ALS and help you live longer. You take riluzole by mouth. It helps lower the damage to your motor nerves by lowering the amount of chemical messengers called glutamate in your body. The most common side effects include gastric distress, dizziness and bruising.

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 3, 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 3, 2017

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