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
432
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(Mylan Baclofen)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
166
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(Nuedexta)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
59
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(Virgin Coconut Oil)
Type
Supplement
How many have tried
54
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Type
Supplement
How many have tried
53
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(BiPAP w/humidifier)
Type
Equipment
How many have tried
52
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Treatment name(s)

(Lunasin Duke Virtual Trial)
Type
Supplement
How many have tried
49
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Type
Other
How many have tried
37
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Treatment name(s)

(CoQ10 Soft Gels)
Type
Supplement
How many have tried
37
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Treatment name(s)

(MIC-KEY G-tube)
Type
Equipment
How many have tried
33

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) (261 evaluations)
Side effects
Fatigue Elevated liver enzymes 57 more
How many evaluations
264
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Treatment name(s)

(Mylan Baclofen)
Perceived effectiveness
for ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis) (31 evaluations)
Side effects
Drowsiness Excessive daytime sleepiness (somnolence) 19 more
How many evaluations
62
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Treatment name(s)

(Nuedexta)
Perceived effectiveness
for ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis) (23 evaluations)
Side effects
Constipation Diarrhea 8 more
How many evaluations
42
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Treatment name(s)

(Virgin Coconut Oil)
Perceived effectiveness
for ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis) (32 evaluations)
Side effects
Diarrhea Gastrointestinal problems 2 more
How many evaluations
33
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Treatment name(s)
Perceived effectiveness
for ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis) (66 evaluations)
Side effects
Diarrhea Charlie horses in calves 13 more
How many evaluations
66
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Treatment name(s)

(BiPAP w/humidifier)
Perceived effectiveness
for ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis) (20 evaluations)
Side effects
Dry mouth Abdominal bloating 13 more
How many evaluations
23
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Treatment name(s)

(Lunasin Duke Virtual Trial)
Perceived effectiveness
for ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis) (71 evaluations)
Side effects
Constipation Abdominal bloating 7 more
How many evaluations
71
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Perceived effectiveness
for ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis) (101 evaluations)
Side effects
Heartburn Insomnia 16 more
How many evaluations
102
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Treatment name(s)

(CoQ10 Soft Gels)
Perceived effectiveness
for ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis) (13 evaluations)
Side effects
How many evaluations
13
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Treatment name(s)

(MIC-KEY G-tube)
Perceived effectiveness
for ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis) (10 evaluations)
Side effects
Hospitalization Diarrhea 2 more
How many evaluations
12

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 115
30s 352
40s 971
50s 1,875
60s 2,073
70+ 1,180

Sex

Distribution of sex

43% Female
57% Male
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 36
20-29 years 208
30-39 years 618
40-49 years 1,202
50-59 years 1,457
60-69 years 924
70+ years 207

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 5,061
Not Diagnosed 253

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