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Edaravone is used to treat acute ischaemic stroke (death of part or whole of brain tissue due to sudden loss of blood circulation to the area) and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS, a disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord).

How it works

Edaravone is belongs to class of medications called brain-protective agents. It prevents the damage of brain cells due to free radicals during reduced/ loss of blood supply.

Common side effects

Pneumonia, Liver disorder, Acute renal failure, Cerebral infarction, Coagulation disorder, Haemorrhagic infarction, Jaundice, Reduced blood platelets, Renal impairment


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Expert advice

  • Edavarone is not recommended for use in children.
  • Caution should be taken while administering edavarone to the elderly, patients with infections or severe disturbance of consciousness or respiration.
  • Tell your doctor if you are suffering from renal, liver or cardiac disease.
  • Tell your doctor if you are or planning to become pregnant or are breastfeeding.
  • Do not take if allergic to edaravone or any of its ingredients.
  • Do not take if suffering from severe kidney dysfunction.

Content on this page was last updated on 30 September, 2016, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)