The Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust

Treatments for MND

Are there any treatments for MND?

Unfortunately there is at present no known cure for MND but treatments are used to improve symptoms. Riluzole is a medication, which has been shown to have a small effect in slowing down the progression of MND. It is taken in tablet form twice each day. A small number of people experience side effects such as tiredness and lethargy which often passes after a short time.

In a small number of people the medication can also cause problems with liver function and therefore blood tests need to be done on a regular basis. It can also make people more prone to getting infections and therefore you should see your GP if you have any signs of infection. The majority of people do not experience any side effects but if they do, consideration should be given whether this treatment should continue.