Brand Name: Rilutek
Generic Name: Riluzole
Manufacturer: Sanofi aventis
Dosage Form: Tablet
Indication: Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS)
Storage: Store at room temperature
Rilutek contains Riluzole as an active ingredient; this tablet is a glutamate antagonist and used as an anticonvulsant (anti-fits). This medication helps in blocking the action of glutamate (chemical messenger) and that's how it protects the nerves in the brain. Do not stop the dosage of Rilutek tablets without taking permission from your physician.
Riluzole belongs to a class of medication known as benzothiazole, and this tablet is indicated for the treatment of patients with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). This medication extends survival and/or time to tracheostomy. It is also neuroprotective in certain in vivo experimental models of neuronal injury involving excitotoxic mechanisms. The etiology and pathogenesis of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) are not known, although several hypotheses have been advanced. One hypothesis is that motor neurons, made vulnerable through either genetic predisposition or environmental factors, are injured by glutamate. In some cases of familial ALS, the enzyme superoxide dismutase is defective.
Rilutek tablet is used to treat a type of nerve disease called Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). This medication is not a permanent cure for nerve damage; it protects the nerves of the brain from the chemical messenger. The recommended dose of Rilutek tablet is decided by your healthcare professional. Dosage may vary differently to the patients according to their age, weight, and other health concerns.
Rilutek tablets may interact with other medicines, diseases, and other elements. It is important to know the same before starting the course of this medicine.
Rilutek (Riluzole) tablets may cause certain side effects. Make sure to inform a qualified healthcare professional about the same and know the ways to manage them.
Common Side Effects
Loss of strength
Note - consult your pharmacist or healthcare professional if any possible side effects occur.
Take the Rilutek tablets exactly as prescribed by a qualified doctor. Do not crush or chew the tablet. Be sure to avoid skipping a dose.
If you miss a dose of Rilutek tablet, consult a medical practitioner. Do not increase the strength of the next dose to cope.
In case of an overdose of the Rilutek tablet, be sure to consult a healthcare professional or a medical helpline for proper monitoring.
Warnings and Precautions
Tell your healthcare professional about the medicines you take before consuming Rilutek tablets.
If you are suffering from liver or/and kidney disease, avoid the consumption of Rilutek tablets, until your healthcare provider prescribes.
Do not administer this medication without a prescription.
Warnings for Females
If side effects last longer than usual, inform your doctor about the same and know the ways to manage them.
Use proper contraceptive measures in order to avoid pregnancy during the course of this medicine.
Avoid smoking because it can make Rilutek (Riluzole) less effective.
Close monitoring of liver, kidney, and heart function is required during treatment with the Rilutek tablet.
Q1. What is Rilutek (Riluzole) ?
Ans. This tablet is used to treat a type of nerve disease called Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). Rilutek medicine is not a permanent cure for nerve damage; it protects the nerves of the brain from the chemical messenger.
Q2. What are the side effects of Rilutek (Riluzole)?
Ans. Some common side effects of Rilutek tablets are:- sore throat, headache, nausea, taste change, stomach ache, diarrhea, fever, chills, blurred vision, weight loss, dizziness, etc.
Q3. What is the strength of Rilutek (Riluzole)?
Ans. Rilutek tablet is available in the strength of 50mg
Q4. How can I take Rilutek (Riluzole)?
Ans. Take Rilutek tablets as prescribed by your healthcare professional or medical practitioner.
Q5. Can I take Rilutek during pregnancy?
Ans. This medication is not indicated for use during pregnancy
Q6. What happens if I miss a dose of Rilutek (Riluzole)?
Ans. If you miss a dose of Rilutek tablet, be sure to contact your healthcare professional to get the needed guidance. Do not increase the strength of the dose to cope with the skipped dose.
Q7. Is it safe to drive after taking Rilutek?
Ans. Rilutek tablets may affect your vision. Do not drive if such symptoms occur.
Q8. Is it safe to drink alcohol during the course of Rilutek (Riluzole)?
Ans. It is not known whether Rilutek interacts with alcohol or not. Consult a qualified medical practitioner before consuming alcohol with this medicine.
Q9. Can I take Rilutek if I have liver disease?
Ans. If you have a history of liver impairment, do not administer Rilutek tablets without discussing their risks with your doctor.
Q10. Can I take Rilutek (Riluzole) during breastfeeding?
Ans. This medication is not indicated for use during breastfeeding