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Frequently Asked Questions

What is Rilutek (Riluzole) and can you supply it?

Short Answer

Riluzole is used to treat Lou Gehrig's disease. We cannot supply it at this time.

Long Answer

Riluzole [RYE-luzz-ohl] is used to treat amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (known as ALS, Maladie de Charcot, and also Lou Gehrig's disease). It is marketed as the brand name Rilutek.

Additional Information

What is Riluzole (Rilutek) - Medicine Drug
Riluzole (generic name) is drug therapy used to treat ALS. Riluzole is designed to be taken by mouth as directed, usually every 12 hours, at the same times each day, and is best taken on an empty stomach (one hour before a meal, or two hours after a meal).
Riluzole Information - Drugs and Treatments - MedHelp
Riluzole is in the FDA pregnancy category C. This means that it is not known whether riluzole will be harmful to an unborn baby. Do not take riluzole without first talking to your doctor if you are pregnant or could become pregnant during treatment. It is not known whether riluzole passes into breast milk. Do not take riluzole without first talking to your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.
Riluzole medical facts from Drugs.com
Riluzole is used to treat amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as ALS and Lou Gehrig's disease. Rarely, riluzole may cause serious blood problems. Notify your doctor immediately if you develop a fever, chills or other signs of infection which may be an early sign of potential blood problems. Use caution when driving, operating machinery, or performing other hazardous activities. Riluzole may cause dizziness or drowsiness. If you experience dizziness or drowsiness, avoid these activities. Use alcohol with caution while taking riluzole. Alcohol may increase the risk of liver problems caused by riluzole.
Riluzole - From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Riluzole preferentially blocks TTX-S sodium channels, which are associated with damaged neurons (Song et al 1997). This reduces influx of calcium ions and indirectly prevents stimulation of glutamate receptors. Together with direct glutamate receptor blockade, the effect of the neurotransmitter glutamate on motor neurons is greatly reduced. However, the action of Riluzole on Glutamate receptors has been controversial, as no binding of the molecule has been shown on any known receptor (Wokke 1996). In addition as its antiglutamate action is still detectable in the presence of sodium channel blockers, it is also uncertain whether or not it acts via this way. Rather, its potent glutamate uptake activator activity seems to mediate many of its effects (Azbill et al 2000; Dunlop et al 2003).
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis - From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS, sometimes called Maladie de Charcot, or, in the United States, Lou Gehrig's Disease) is a progressive, usually fatal, neurodegenerative disease caused by the degeneration of motor neurons, the nerve cells in the central nervous system that control voluntary muscle movement. As a motor neuron disease, the disorder causes muscle weakness and atrophy throughout the body as both the upper and lower motor neurons degenerate, ceasing to send messages to muscles. Unable to function, the muscles gradually weaken, develop fasciculations (twitches) because of denervation, and eventually atrophy because of that denervation. The patient may ultimately lose the ability to initiate and control all voluntary movement except for the eyes.
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