What is ALS?

Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig's disease, is a disease of the spinal cord and nerve cells in the brain. As ALS progresses, nerve cells die and can no longer send messages to the muscles. There is eventually loss of muscle strength, weight loss, difficulty breathing, difficulty swallowing, and paralysis.

Treatments for ALS include physical therapy, rehabilitation, breathing devices, and medications to slow the progression or treat symptoms. Some drugs used in the treatment of ALS include benzothiazoles (Rilutek) and NMDA receptor antagonist / antiarrhythmic combinations (Nuedexta).

Savings Tips for ALS

  • Generic Rilutek Is Now Available

    July 01, 2013

    Good news for anyone taking Rilutek for ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease): generic Rilutek is now available as riluzole.

    While there is no cure for ALS, Rilutek is the only drug approved by the FDA to slow the progression of the disease, rather than just treating individual symptoms, so the generic alternative may be helpful for both insured and uninsured patients. See More

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Popular ALS Drugs

Popularity Drug Name Drug Class Price
NMDA Receptor Antagonist / Antiarrhythmic Combinations 721 See Prices
Benzothiazoles 205 See Prices
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Note: Popularity is based on total prescriptions for the brand and generic versions of each drug, regardless of the condition being treated. Some drugs are prescribed for multiple conditions.

ALS Drug Classes

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