What is the role of medications in the treatment of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS)?

Updated: Nov 13, 2019
  • Author: Kathleen Clem, MD, FACEP; Chief Editor: Andrew K Chang, MD, MS  more...
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Treatment of pneumonia [2] or urosepsis (both of which are complications of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis [ALS]) initially involves the empiric use of a relatively broad-spectrum antibiotic or antibiotics effective against probable pathogens, after appropriate cultures and specimens for laboratory evaluation have been obtained. These medications may include cephalosporins, fluoroquinolones, vancomycin, penicillins, and aminoglycosides.


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