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Rilutek Allergy Drugs
Allergies occur when your immune system is triggered by envirionmental factors it should ignore--for example, pollen in the air, or dander on a cat or dog--and creates cells to fight against them. An allergic reaction typically causes itching, congestion, or drainage, and ...Read more
Rilutek (riluzole): Used for ALS, needs prescription.Get a more detailed answer ›
My sister is a patient of als, she is taking rilutek (riluzole) tablet.is there any other treatment of this disease?
Unfortunately no: Due to concern regarding glutamate toxicity, other meds have been added on occasion, such as gabapentin, memantine, Lyrica, (pregabalin) but little proof these provide additional value to the riluzole, which remains the main FDA approved chemical. Just a theoretical long-shot, and not researched at all, but the medical food MetanX and vitamin D-3 supplements might be considered. ...Read more
My grandma has ALS.She can't clearly talk and walk.she has started taking Rilutek (riluzole).for how long will this medicine delay the progess of this desease?
It varies: As long as her system can tolerate it she will takes it until the end or until it stops helping. I'm not sure when that will happen. I am so sorry for you guys. Good luck ...Read more
Great question!: We don't know "why" people develop drug allergies, as there are many potential causes. Frequent exposure or prolonged use is one trigger - and this is seen with certain types of chemotherapy. Many factors, including genetic risks, other medications, and propensity for allergy probably play a role as well. ...Read more
#1:STOP DRUG FIRST: Stop the drug immediately and consider benadryl (diphenhydramine). Observe for symptoms of airway difficulty: lip or tongue swelling which should prompt you to call 911 if this should occur. Consider a medalert bracelet identifying the allergy or seeking an allergist for desensitization. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Epinephrine: For severe shellfish allergy, only injectable Epinephrine for reactions is a reliable treatment. Some people with very mild allergies can use antihistamines alone, but everyone should have Epinephrine available. Unfortunately, there are no drugs that will prevent or resolve a food allergy so you can eat the food without risk, although this is an active area of research. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Subtle: hives can occur as part of an allergy syndrome. people with chronic hives or who have an inborn low threshold for hives have difficulty differentiating simple hives from drug allergy. If the drug reaction is IgE-mediated, or occurs via a similar pathway without IgE, then one would expect additional symptoms other than hives (breathing problem, dizzy, nausea, swelling, headache, etc) ...Read more
What is the context: Depends on what you are looking for. No simple test. There are specific tests for certain things (penicillin). There are a few tests done to determine if an individual can tolerate a certain med (G6PD). Mostly, though, it comes down to trial of a med and knowledge of what to look for. For example if you get a cough with ACE inhib (lisinopril) your DR will change you to ARB (valsartan) ...Read more
Can't test for drugs: Penicillin is the only antibiotic that can be reliably skin tested. There are only a few other drugs for which skin testing has been shown to be reliable. By taking a detailed history, an allergist can often reliably determine if a person has experienced an allergic reaction to a particular drug. ...Read more