Cerebral Palsy: Medicines to Relax Spastic Muscles
All medicines have side effects. But many people don't feel the side effects, or they are able to deal with them. Ask your pharmacist about the side effects of each medicine you take. Side effects are also listed in the information that comes with your medicine.
Here are some important things to think about:
- Usually the benefits of the medicine are more important than any minor side effects.
- Side effects may go away after you take the medicine for a while.
- If side effects still bother you and you wonder if you should keep taking the medicine, call your doctor. He or she may be able to lower your dose or change your medicine. Do not suddenly quit taking your medicine unless your doctor tells you to.
Call 911 or other emergency services right away if you or your child has:
- Trouble breathing, swallowing, or speaking.
- Swelling of the face, lips, tongue, or throat.
- Muscle weakness throughout the body.
- Problems with your sight or voice.
- Drooping eyelids.
- Loss of bladder control.
Call your doctor right away if you or your child has:
- Signs of skin infection, such as increased pain, redness, swelling, or fever.
- Lasting swelling or pain at the injection site.
- Seizures while taking intrathecal baclofen.
Common side effects of this injectable medicine include:
- Pain as the shot (injection) is given or at the site of the shot.
- Loss of feeling in the area where the shot was given.
- Flu-like symptoms, such as nausea or headache.
Common side effects of this oral medicine include:
- Feeling dizzy or lightheaded.
- Feeling drowsy.
- Feeling weak.
- Nausea or vomiting.
See Drug Reference for a full list of side effects. (Drug Reference is not available in all systems.)
|By:||Reference Healthwise Staff||Last Revised: September 20, 2012|
|Medical Review:||Reference Susan C. Kim, MD - Pediatrics
Reference Louis Pellegrino, MD - Developmental Pediatrics