Rilutek tablet is a prescription-only medicine that checks further worsening of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS or Lou Gehrig's disease) or postpones the need of a tracheostomy (incision in the throat to facilitate breathing using a tube), though it does not cure ALS.
Other Interactions: Taking your medicine together with certain foods or items such as alcohol or tobacco may cause undesirable interactions. Talk to your doctor to know if using this medicine with food, alcohol, or tobacco is safe. Using this medicine with tobacco is not generally recommended.
Inform your doctor if you have any other medical condition, including:
To use Rilutek properly, you must follow all instructions given by your doctor and do not take more, less, more frequently or for a longer duration than recommended.
Follow an intake schedule and do not skip any dose. Take the tablet on an empty stomach and do not take any solid food for next one hour. If you are taking it after food, keep a gap of at least two hours after meals.
Dosing: For best results, follow your doctor to know what amount of medicine you should take in a single dose. The doses of a medicine can differ according to the conditions for which it is being prescribed, your age and your overall health status.
Remember your doses can differ. Consult your doctor if you have anything to ask. The doses of tablets for ALS are:
Adults: 50 milligrams (mg) two times a day.
Children: Your doctor will decide the use and dose.
Missed Dose: Take your missed dose once you remember but avoid it if it’s time to take your next dose, and follow your normal dosing schedule. Avoid taking double doses to make up for the missed dose.
Store in a closed container at room temperature.
Keep away from heat, moisture, and direct light.
Do not freeze.
Keep away from children.
Discard any unused or expired medicines.
4 Precautions to Take
Before using Rilutek, there are some precautions you must take. Your progress should be regularly monitored to determine if you are responding to the treatment. You may also need blood tests to look for any undesirable effects.
Discontinue the medicine and see your doctor immediately if you have symptoms indicating:
Serious liver condition, such as a rash, tender upper abdomen, clay-colored stools, pale urine, decreased appetite, nausea, excessive tiredness or weakness, or yellowish eyes or skin.
Serious lung condition, such as breathing troubles, rapid, shallow breathing, a non-productive cough, chest pain, fever, or chills.
Riluzole can make you more susceptible to infections. Therefore, you:
May avoid sick people, as far as possible.
Need to visit your doctor immediately if you develop fever or chills, cough or hoarseness, lower back pain, or pain during urination.
You may feel dizzy or drowsy while taking this medicine. Therefore, exercise extra caution while driving, using machines or doing any activity that requires alertness.
Do not drink alcohol during the treatment with this medicine.
Consult your doctor before using any prescription or nonprescription medicines (OTC) and herbal or vitamin supplements.
The side effects of the medicine are not limited to the ones listed above. Call your doctor immediately if you experience any side effects that are uncommon or worry you. To report side effects to the FDA, contact at 1-800-FDA-1088.
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