These Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about EXSERVAN™ (riluzole) give you helpful and concise answers while offering links to additional information.
Be sure to talk to your doctor about all diagnosis, medical advice, treatment decisions, or any concerns you may have with EXSERVAN™.
The EXSERVAN™ oral film is placed on the top of the tongue where it begins to
dissolve. As you swallow saliva normally, you receive
You should talk to your doctor about all medications you take before taking EXSERVAN™.
EXSERVAN™ may cause interactions with certain types of drugs known as CYP1A2 inhibitors or inducers. Also, taking EXSERVAN™ with other drugs that may cause liver problems may make these problems worse.
You and your doctor will complete a Prescription and Enrollment Form for EXSERVAN™, which your doctor will then submit to PANTHERx Rare specialty pharmacy (PANTHERx). They will then contact you to confirm the delivery address and discuss cost and savings support options for getting EXSERVAN™.*
The cost of EXSERVAN™ can depend on your health coverage benefits. PANTHERx Rare specialty pharmacy will contact you about cost support programs that may be available to you. Learn more about patient cost and support programs here.*
The information provided here is general in nature and is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. You are strongly encouraged to seek the advice of your doctor or other qualified healthcare provider with any questions regarding a medical condition.
Do not use if you are allergic to riluzole or to any of its ingredients.
Before using EXSERVAN™, tell your doctor about all the medicines you take and all your health conditions, including if you:
EXSERVAN™ can cause serious side effects, including:
Liver Problems: Cases of liver injury, some fatal, have occurred in patients taking riluzole. Consult your doctor promptly if you experience unexplained nausea, vomiting, stomach (abdominal) pain, fatigue, weight loss (anorexia), jaundice (yellowing of the skin or whites of the eyes), and/or dark urine.
Low White Blood Cell Counts (Neutropenia): Tell your doctor if you develop a fever while taking EXSERVAN™.
Serious Lung Problems (Interstitial Lung Disease): Tell your doctor if you have problems with your lungs or breathing such as dry cough and difficult or labored breathing. Discontinue EXSERVAN™ immediately if you develop interstitial lung disease.
The most common side effects include numbness in the mouth or tongue, muscle weakness, nausea, lung problems, high blood pressure, and stomach (abdominal) pain.
These are not all the possible side effects of EXSERVAN™. Consult your doctor for medical advice about side effects.
To report side effects, contact Mitsubishi Tanabe Pharma America, Inc. at
Use EXSERVAN™ as prescribed. The recommended dosage for EXSERVAN™ is 50 mg taken orally twice daily at least 1 hour before or 2 hours after a meal. Place EXSERVAN™ oral film strip on the top of the tongue where it will adhere and dissolve. Swallow in a normal manner. Do not cut or split the film or take liquids with EXSERVAN™. Do not chew, spit, or talk while EXSERVAN™ is dissolving. Read the Instructions for Use for EXSERVAN™.
EXSERVAN™ (riluzole) is indicated for the treatment of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS).
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