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riluzole Side Effects
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
- breathing problems
- fever, chills or infection
- increased blood pressure
- tingling, pricking, or burning sensation around the mouth
- yellowing of the skin or eyes
Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your doctor or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):
- loss of appetite
- nausea, vomiting
- stomach pain
- weak or tired
riluzole May Interact with Other Medications
- barbiturate, like phenobarbital
- certain antibiotics called quinolones
How to Use riluzole
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.
They need to know if you have any of these conditions:
- bleeding disorders
- liver disease
- lung disease
- an unusual or allergic reaction to riluzole, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives
- pregnant or trying to get pregnant
If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, take only that dose. Do not take double or extra doses.
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.
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.
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Last Updated: September 9, 2014