ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis)

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What is ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis)?

ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis) is a degenerative disorder affecting upper motor neurons in the brain and lower motor neurons in the brain stem and spinal cord. Symptoms include progressive weakness, atrophy, fasciculation, dysphagia, and eventual paralysis of respiratory function.

Common symptoms reported by people with ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis)

Common symptoms
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Reports may be affected by other conditions and/or medication side effects. We ask about general symptoms (anxious mood, depressed mood, insomnia, fatigue, and pain) regardless of condition.
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Treatments taken by people with ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis)

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Type
How many have tried
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Treatment name(s)

(Rilutek)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
512
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Treatment name(s)

(Mylan Baclofen)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
197
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(BiPAP w/humidifier)
Type
Equipment
How many have tried
69
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(CoQ10 Soft Gels)
Type
Supplement
How many have tried
51
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(Nuedexta)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
51
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Treatment name(s)

(Virgin Coconut Oil)
Type
Supplement
How many have tried
47
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(MIC-KEY G-tube)
Type
Equipment
How many have tried
43
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(Elavil)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
42
Tried for
Excess saliva (16) Insomnia (15)
4 more
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Type
Supplement
How many have tried
42
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Treatment name(s)

(NatureMade Vitamin E)
Type
Supplement
How many have tried
41

Data from patients with ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis), who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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Compare treatments taken by people with ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis)

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Treatment name(s)

(Rilutek)
Perceived effectiveness
for ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis) (251 evaluations)
Side effects
Fatigue Elevated liver enzymes 56 more
How many evaluations
254
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Treatment name(s)

(Mylan Baclofen)
Perceived effectiveness
for ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis) (44 evaluations)
Side effects
Drowsiness Dizziness 21 more
How many evaluations
55
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Treatment name(s)

(BiPAP w/humidifier)
Perceived effectiveness
for ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis) (26 evaluations)
Side effects
Dry mouth at night Abdominal bloating 16 more
How many evaluations
31
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Treatment name(s)

(CoQ10 Soft Gels)
Perceived effectiveness
for ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis) (22 evaluations)
Side effects
How many evaluations
23
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Treatment name(s)

(Nuedexta)
Perceived effectiveness
for Emotional lability (23 evaluations)
Side effects
Constipation Diarrhea 7 more
How many evaluations
30
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Treatment name(s)

(Virgin Coconut Oil)
Perceived effectiveness
for ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis) (26 evaluations)
Side effects
Diarrhea Stomach upset 4 more
How many evaluations
31
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Treatment name(s)

(MIC-KEY G-tube)
Perceived effectiveness
for ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis) (10 evaluations)
Side effects
Hospitalization Pain 1 more
How many evaluations
13
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Treatment name(s)

(Elavil)
Perceived effectiveness
for Excess saliva (19 evaluations)
Side effects
Constipation Depressed mood 4 more
How many evaluations
30
Tried for
Excess saliva (16) Insomnia (15)
4 more
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Treatment name(s)
Perceived effectiveness
for ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis) (56 evaluations)
Side effects
Diarrhea Charlie horses in calves 14 more
How many evaluations
56
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Treatment name(s)

(NatureMade Vitamin E)
Perceived effectiveness
for ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis) (19 evaluations)
Side effects
How many evaluations
19

Data from patients with ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis), who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell
  • Severe
  • Moderate
  • Mild
  • None

Who has ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis) on PatientsLikeMe?


Age
Age Proportion # of patients
<20 12
20s 109
30s 304
40s 912
50s 1,631
60s 1,706
70+ 975

Gender

Distribution of females vs. males

43% Females
57% Males
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 36
20-29 years 191
30-39 years 582
40-49 years 1,108
50-59 years 1,313
60-69 years 814
70+ years 189

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 4,601
Not Diagnosed 230

These charts show data from ALS patients who have completed their condition history
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