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Which drugs may be prescribed by doctors for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS)?

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ALS, also called Lou Gehrig’s disease, kills the nerves that control motion in your body. Drugs can help slow the disease from getting worse so you can live longer. Pain relievers or muscle relaxants can help ease cramps.

Your doctor also may prescribe drugs to help ease other symptoms of ALS, which may include:

  • Constipation
  • Depression
  • Outbursts of laughter or crying
  • Lack of sleep
  • Fatigue
  • Too much saliva, which makes it hard to swallow

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

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

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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