February 16, 2007, Newsletter Issue #42: Medication Used In Lou Gehrig's Disease

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Since the skeletal muscles are responsible for so many areas of the body, problems within the muscles will produce a long list of symptoms. Medication for ALS symptom relief is varied as well. Many doctors will try to find one drug such as Amitriptyline, which treats an assortment of symptoms. The drugs used to treat symptoms associated with ALS include:

Baclofen (Lioresal) Spasticity and muscle cramps
NSAIDS/Ibuprofen Pain
Lorazepam (Ativan) Severe fasciculations and anxiety
Amitriptyline Sedation at night, pain relief, depression, and drooling
Oxybutynin Urinary urgency
Omeprazole Acid reflux
Prochlorperazine Nausea
Diphenhydramine Nasal congestion

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