Generic Name : Riluzole Pronunciation : ril' yoo zole Therapeutic Classification : Central Nervous System Agents
International- Rilutek. Why it is prescribed (Indications) :
This medication is a benzothiazole, recommended for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS, Lou Gehrig disease) is placed on a ventilator or breathing machine, by delaying onset of ventilator dependence or tracheostomy. It may prevent further damage to certain brain cells. When it is not to be taken (Contraindications): Hypersensitivity.
Dosage & When it is to be taken :
The recommended dose is 50 mg orally every 12 hours. How it should be taken :
This medication available in the form of tablet to take by mouth, twice a day, every 12 hours. Warnings and Precautions :
*Caution should be exercised in patients with history of allergies, blood disorders or anemia or kidney or liver disease, pregnant, plan to become pregnant and breastfeeding.
*Cigarette smoking may decrease the effectiveness of this drug. Side Effects :
Central Nervous System- Dizziness, depression.
Gastrointestinal- Upset stomach, diarrhea, loss of appetite.
Miscellaneous- Tiredness, muscle weakness, difficulty in breathing, fever.
*To avoid liver damage, do not drink alcoholic beverages. Storage Conditions :
Store at 25°C. Store it in an airtight container.
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