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riluzole (cont.)

What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before taking riluzole (Rilutek)?

You should not use this medication if you are allergic to it.

If you have liver or kidney disease, you may need a dose adjustment or special tests to safely use this medication:

FDA pregnancy category C. It is not known whether riluzole will harm an unborn baby. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant while using this medication.

It is not known whether riluzole passes into breast milk or if it could harm a nursing baby. Do not use this medication without telling your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.

How should I take riluzole (Rilutek)?

Take exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Do not take in larger or smaller amounts or for longer than recommended. Follow the directions on your prescription label.

Take this medicine with a full glass of water.

Take riluzole on an empty stomach, at least 1 hour before or 2 hours after a meal.

Riluzole is usually taken twice a day, every 12 hours. Follow your doctor's instructions. It is important to take your medicine at the same times each day.

To be sure this medication is not causing harmful effects, your liver function will need to be checked with blood tests every month during the first 3 months of treatment, and less often as treatment continues. Visit your doctor regularly.

Store at room temperature away from moisture, heat, and bright light.

Report Problems to the Food and Drug Administration

You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit the FDA MedWatch website or call 1-800-FDA-1088.

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