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How is amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (Lou Gehrig's disease) treated?

Diana Meeks
Diana Meeks on behalf of Sigma Nursing
Family Practitioner

Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) cannot currently be cured. There are several types of treatment available for people with the disease. The primary treatment is a drug, riluzole, which can slow the progress of ALS and increase lifespan. Other medications may be prescribed to treat the specific symptoms of ALS that emerge. Therapy may prove useful in helping people with ALS to continue moving for as long as possible. Finally, medical technology such as feeding tubes and breathing machines can be used to keep someone with ALS alive after they can no longer control these functions on their own.

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