Rilutek (Oral)

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Rilutek (Oral) Drug and Prescription Information

Rilutek (Oral)

Rilutek (Oral) Medication Classification

RILUZOLE (By mouth)

Rilutek (Oral) Brandname


Rilutek (Oral) is used for the Treatment

Riluzole (RIL-yoo-zole) Used in the treatment of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS, also called Lou Gehrig's disease).BRAND NAME: Rilutek®

When To Not Use Rilutek (Oral)

You should not use this medicine if you have had an allergic reaction to riluzole.

How Should You Use Rilutek (Oral)


  • Your doctor will tell you how much medicine to use and how often.
  • Take your medicine at least 1 hour before or 2 hours after meals and at the same time each day.
  • If you cannot swallow the tablet whole, crush the tablet and mix it with one-half cup (4 oz) of applesauce or pudding, and take it within 15 minutes.
  • If a dose is missed:
  • Skip the missed dose and use your next dose at your regular time.
  • You should not use two doses at the same time.

Proper Rilutek (Oral) Storage

Store Rilutek (Oral) at room temperature away from sunlight and moisture unless otherwise stated by manufacturer's instructions or labelling. Keep Rilutek (Oral) and all medications out of the reach of children.

What To Avoid While Using Rilutek (Oral)

Ask your doctor or pharmacist before using any other medicine, including over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products.

  • Avoid drinking large amounts of alcohol.
  • Make sure your doctor knows if you are using sulfasalazine, methyldopa, allopurinol, theophylline, amitriptyline, rifampin, omeprazole (Prilosec®), tacrine (Cognex®), or medicines called quinolone antibiotics, such as ciprofloxacin, lomefloxacin, ofloxacin, or norfloxacin.

Rilutek (Oral) Warnings

  • If you are pregnant talk to your doctor before using this medicine. Do not breastfeed while using this medicine.
  • Talk with your doctor before using riluzole if you have liver or kidney disease.
  • You may need to have blood tests done while you are using riluzole. These tests are to make sure the medicine is not causing harmful side effects. Keep all appointments your doctor makes for you.
  • This medicine may make you dizzy or drowsy. Avoid driving or using machinery until you know how the medicine will affect you.

Rilutek (Oral) Side Effects

Call your doctor right away if you notice any of these side effects:

  • Trouble breathing
  • Irregular heartbeat
  • Unexplained fever, chills, or sore throat
  • Yellowing of skin or eyes
  • Increase in your ALS symptoms (such as more muscle weakness or stiffness)
  • If you notice these less serious side effects, talk with your doctor:
  • Headache, dizziness
  • Diarrhea
  • Mild stomach pain
  • Loss of appetite, upset stomach, vomiting
  • Numbness or tingling around your mouth

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