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
490
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(Mylan Baclofen)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
198
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(BiPAP w/humidifier)
Type
Equipment
How many have tried
68
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(Nuedexta)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
54
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(Virgin Coconut Oil)
Type
Supplement
How many have tried
47
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Treatment name(s)
Type
Supplement
How many have tried
44
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Treatment name(s)

(CoQ10 Soft Gels)
Type
Supplement
How many have tried
43
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(MIC-KEY G-tube)
Type
Equipment
How many have tried
40
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Type
Other
How many have tried
38
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Treatment name(s)

(Elavil)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
37
Tried for
Insomnia (14) Excess saliva (11)
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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) (256 evaluations)
Side effects
Fatigue Elevated liver enzymes 64 more
How many evaluations
259
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Treatment name(s)

(Mylan Baclofen)
Perceived effectiveness
for ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis) (43 evaluations)
Side effects
Drowsiness Dizziness 22 more
How many evaluations
58
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Treatment name(s)

(BiPAP w/humidifier)
Perceived effectiveness
for ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis) (27 evaluations)
Side effects
Dry mouth Dry mouth at night 17 more
How many evaluations
32
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Treatment name(s)

(Nuedexta)
Perceived effectiveness
for Emotional lability (25 evaluations)
Side effects
Constipation Diarrhea 7 more
How many evaluations
35
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Treatment name(s)

(Virgin Coconut Oil)
Perceived effectiveness
for ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis) (29 evaluations)
Side effects
Diarrhea Stomach upset 4 more
How many evaluations
33
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Treatment name(s)
Perceived effectiveness
for ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis) (59 evaluations)
Side effects
Diarrhea Charlie horses in calves 13 more
How many evaluations
59
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Treatment name(s)

(CoQ10 Soft Gels)
Perceived effectiveness
for ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis) (16 evaluations)
Side effects
How many evaluations
16
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Treatment name(s)

(MIC-KEY G-tube)
Perceived effectiveness
for ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis) (9 evaluations)
Side effects
Hospitalization Pain 1 more
How many evaluations
12
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Perceived effectiveness
for ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis) (102 evaluations)
Side effects
Heartburn Insomnia 16 more
How many evaluations
103
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Treatment name(s)

(Elavil)
Perceived effectiveness
for Insomnia (8 evaluations)
Side effects
Constipation Dry mouth at night 5 more
How many evaluations
28
Tried for
Insomnia (14) Excess saliva (11)
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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 109
30s 312
40s 914
50s 1,696
60s 1,844
70+ 1,061

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 197
30-39 years 589
40-49 years 1,141
50-59 years 1,363
60-69 years 840
70+ years 196

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 4,748
Not Diagnosed 238

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