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Treatment

Is there a treatment for Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis?

No cure has been found for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the drug riluzole (Rilutek) in 1995. Riluzole is believed to protect the motor neurons against damage and slow the progression of disease. It is suspected that this medication works by decreasing the levels of a chemical called glutamate in the brain. Clinical trials have shown that this drug can extend the life of someone with ALS by several months. It can also extend the time before ventilation support is needed for breathing.

New medications are emerging to help treat ALS. For information about clinical trials that may include drug therapy, visit clinicaltrials.gov.

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