A generic drug is a copy of the brand-name drug with the same dosage, safety, strength, quality, consumption method, performance, and intended use. Before generics become available on the market, the generic company must prove it has the same active ingredients as the brand-name drug and works in the same way and in the same amount of time in the body.
The only differences between generics and their brand-name counterparts is that generics are less expensive and may look slightly different (eg. different shape or color), as trademarks laws prevent a generic from looking exactly like the brand-name drug.
Generics are less expensive because generic manufacturers don't have to invest large sums of money to develop a drug. When the brand-name patent expires, generic companies can manufacture a copy of the brand-name and sell it at a substantial discount.
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Rilutek is used to slow the progress of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS or Lou Gehrig's disease). Rilutek may also delay the need for a tracheostomy (breathing tube), but is not a cure for ALS. Riluzole works by decreasing your body's levels of glutamate, an amino acid that affects nerves that send messages from your brain to your muscles. People with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis may have very high levels of glutamate, which can damage these nerve cells.
The medicine, Rilutek, is available for purchase online at Canada Pharmacy.
Follow the directions for using this medicine provided by your doctor. Take Riluzole tablets on an empty stomach at least 1 hour before or 2 hours after eating. Take this medicine at the same time every day. Store this medicine at room temperature in a tightly-closed container, away from heat and light.
If you miss a dose of this medicine, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Never take 2 doses at once.
Each Rilutek 50 mg tablet contains 50 mg of riluzole and the following inactive ingredients:
You should not use this medication if you are allergic to Riluzole. Let your doctor know your medical history and other medicines that you are taking. Be careful if you drive or do anything that requires you to be alert. In order to ensure that this medication is not causing harmful effects, your blood will need to be tested often. Avoid caffeine as it may cause too much Riluzole to build up in your body. Smoking cigarettes may make the medication less effective.
Side effects that may occur while taking this medication include:
Stop using Riluzole and call your doctor at once if you have any serious side effect such as: