In this drug factsheet:DIN (Drug Identification Number)
|02242763 ||RILUTEK 50 MG TABLET|
How does this medication work? What will it do for me?
Riluzole belongs to the class of medications called antiglutamates. It is used to treat amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS; also known as Lou Gehrig's disease), a motor neuron disease of the brain and spinal cord that causes muscle weakness and eventually paralysis.
Riluzole works by blocking the release of a compound called glutamate, which is believed to injure nerve cells.
Riluzole has not shown to have an effect on the symptoms of ALS, so you are not likely to feel or see a change in your condition. Although this medication will not cure ALS, it can prolong life and delay the need for a tracheotomy (the surgical creation of an artificial airway in the windpipe for breathing) for people with ALS.
Your doctor may have suggested this medication for conditions other than those listed in these drug information articles. As well, some forms of this medication may not be used for all of the conditions discussed here. If you have not discussed this with your doctor or are not sure why you are taking this medication, speak to your doctor. Do not stop taking this medication without consulting your doctor.
Do not give this medication to anyone else, even if they have the same symptoms as you do. It can be harmful for people to take this medication if their doctor has not prescribed it.
How should I use this medication?
The recommended adult dose of riluzole is 50 mg every 12 hours. Riluzole should be taken on an empty stomach, 1 hour before or 2 hours after meals.
Many things can affect the dose of a medication that a person needs, such as body weight, other medical conditions, and other medications. If your doctor has recommended a dose different from the ones listed here, do not change the way that you are taking the medication without consulting your doctor.
It is important to use this medication exactly as prescribed by your doctor. If you miss a dose, skip the missed dose and continue with your regular dosing schedule. Do not take a double dose to make up for a missed one. If you are not sure what to do after missing a dose, contact your doctor or pharmacist for advice.
Store this medication at room temperature, protect it from light, and keep it out of the reach of children.
Do not dispose of medications in wastewater (e.g. down the sink or in the toilet) or in household garbage. Ask your pharmacist how to dispose of medications that are no longer needed or have expired.
What form(s) does this medication come in?
Each white, capsule-shaped, film coated tablet, engraved with "RPR 202" on one side, contains riluzole 50 mg. Nonmedicinal ingredients: anhydrous colloidal silica, anhydrous dibasic calcium phosphate, croscarmellose sodium, hydroxypropyl methylcellulose, magnesium stearate, microcrystalline cellulose, polyethylene glycol 6000, and titanium dioxide.
Who should NOT take this medication?
Do not take this mediction if you:
- are allergic to riluzole or to any of the ingredients of the medication
- are pregnant or breast-feeding
- have liver disease or elevated liver function tests