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)

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Treatments taken by people with ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis)

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Treatment name(s)

(Rilutek)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
566
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(Mylan-Baclofen)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
181
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(Lunasin Duke Virtual Trial)
Type
Supplement
How many have tried
147
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(Nuedexta)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
92
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Supplement
How many have tried
68
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(Virgin Coconut Oil)
Type
Supplement
How many have tried
53
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(BiPAP w/humidifier)
Type
Equipment
How many have tried
43
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Treatment name(s)

(Elavil)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
31
Tried for
Insomnia (14) Excess saliva (9)
4 more
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(MIC-KEY G-tube)
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Equipment
How many have tried
30
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Treatment name(s)

(Neurx Diaphragm Pacing System)
Type
Equipment
How many have tried
28

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) (507 evaluations)
Side effects
Fatigue Nausea 83 more
How many evaluations
512
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Treatment name(s)

(Mylan-Baclofen)
Perceived effectiveness
for Stiffness/Spasticity (90 evaluations)
Side effects
Drowsiness Fatigue 29 more
How many evaluations
118
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Treatment name(s)

(Lunasin Duke Virtual Trial)
Perceived effectiveness
for ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis) (509 evaluations)
Side effects
Constipation Abdominal bloating 35 more
How many evaluations
509
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Treatment name(s)

(Nuedexta)
Perceived effectiveness
for ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis) (49 evaluations)
Side effects
Dry mouth Balance problems 14 more
How many evaluations
90
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Perceived effectiveness
for ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis) (89 evaluations)
Side effects
Diarrhea Charlie horses in calves 14 more
How many evaluations
89
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Treatment name(s)

(Virgin Coconut Oil)
Perceived effectiveness
for ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis) (45 evaluations)
Side effects
Diarrhea Gastrointestinal problems 3 more
How many evaluations
47
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Treatment name(s)

(BiPAP w/humidifier)
Perceived effectiveness
for ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis) (15 evaluations)
Side effects
Dry mouth Dry mouth at night 7 more
How many evaluations
18
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Treatment name(s)

(Elavil)
Perceived effectiveness
for Insomnia (8 evaluations)
Side effects
Constipation Dry mouth 10 more
How many evaluations
23
Tried for
Insomnia (14) Excess saliva (9)
4 more
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Treatment name(s)

(MIC-KEY G-tube)
Perceived effectiveness
for ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis) (13 evaluations)
Side effects
Hospitalization Diarrhea 4 more
How many evaluations
13
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Treatment name(s)

(Neurx Diaphragm Pacing System)
Perceived effectiveness
for ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis) (32 evaluations)
Side effects
Hospitalization Breathing difficulty 6 more
How many evaluations
32

Data from patients with ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis), who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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Who has ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis) on PatientsLikeMe?


Age
Age Proportion # of patients
<20 7
20s 127
30s 422
40s 1,155
50s 2,306
60s 2,580
70+ 1,555

Sex

Distribution of sex

44% Female
56% Male
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 38
20-29 years 217
30-39 years 668
40-49 years 1,320
50-59 years 1,658
60-69 years 1,072
70+ years 248

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 5,696
Not Diagnosed 282

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