Riluzole Oral tablet
What is this medicine?
RILUZOLE (RIL yoo zole) slows down the progression of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as Lou Gehrig's disease.
What should I tell my health care provider before I take this medicine?
They need to know if you have any of these conditions:
an unusual or allergic reaction to riluzole, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives
pregnant or trying to get pregnant
How should I use this medicine?
Take this medicine by mouth with a glass of water. Follow the directions on the prescription label. Take this medicine on an empty stomach, at least 1 hour before or 2 hours after meals. Take your doses at regular intervals. Do not take your medicine more often than directed. Do not stop taking except on the advice of your doctor or health care professional.
Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. Special care may be needed.
NOTE: This medicine is only for you. Do not share this medicine with others.
What if I miss a dose?
What may interact with this medicine?
barbiturate, like phenobarbital
certain antibiotics called quinolones
What should I watch for while using this medicine?
Visit your doctor or health care professional for regular checks on your progress. Contact your doctor or health care professional if your symptoms get worse or if you have a fever, chills, or other signs of infection.
Avoid alcohol and tobacco smoking while you are taking this medicine. Alcohol can increase the risk of liver damage. Tobacco smoking can decrease the effect of this medicine. Ask your doctor or health care professional for ways to help you stop smoking or drinking.
You may get dizzy or lose your balance. Do not drive, use machinery, or do anything that needs mental alertness until you know how this medicine affects you. Do not stand or sit up quickly, especially if you are an older patient. This reduces the risk of dizzy or fainting spells.
What side effects may I notice from receiving this medicine?
Side effects that you should report to your doctor or health care professional as soon as possible:
allergic reactions like skin rash, itching or hives, swelling of the face, lips, or tongue
fever, chills or infection
increased blood pressure
tingling, pricking, or burning sensation around the mouth
yellowing of the skin or eyes
loss of appetite
weak or tired
Where should I keep my medicine?
Keep out of reach of children.
Store at room temperature between 20 and 25 degrees C (68 and 77 degrees F). Protect from light. Throw away any unused medicine after the expiration date.
March 21, 2017
U.S. FDA-approved Package Insert