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Riluzole - Indications, Dosage, Side Effects and Precautions

Written & Compiled by Anushta Chandrapalan, M.Sc  | Medically Reviewed by The Medindia Medical Review Team
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Information about Riluzole

Generic Name : Riluzole
Pronunciation : ril' yoo zole
Latest prescription information about Riluzole. Learn how to pronounce the drug's name, its indications, dosage, how to take, when to take, when not to take, side effects, special precautions, warnings and its storage instructions . Also listed are the International and Indian trade name(s) of the drug and its price list.
Therapeutic Classification : Central Nervous System Agents
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Trade Names/Brand Names of Riluzole

India : 

International : 

Rilutek
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Why is Riluzole 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.
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When should Riluzole not be taken? (Contraindications)

Hypersensitivity.

What is the dosage of Riluzole?

The recommended dose is 50 mg orally every 12 hours.

How should Riluzole be taken?

This medication available in the form of tablet to take by mouth, twice a day, every 12 hours.

What are the warnings and precautions for Riluzole?

• 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.

What are the side effects of Riluzole?

  Central Nervous System: Dizziness, depression.
  Gastrointestinal: Upset stomach, diarrhea, loss of appetite.
  Miscellaneous: Tiredness, muscle weakness, difficulty in breathing, fever.

What are the other precautions for Riluzole?

To avoid liver damage, do not drink alcoholic beverages.

What are the storage conditions for Riluzole?

Store at 25C. Store it in an airtight container.



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pempo17, India

Where can I purchase riluzole in india

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What is the price of this drug and how to obtain it?

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do this drug work in motor neuron disease patient?

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