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Who can refill baclofen pump?

What is involved in the management of a baclofen pump? The pump needs to be refilled at regular intervals (usually every 1 to 6 months) by a trained healthcare professional who possesses the equipment needed.

What is a baclofen pump used for?

It is used to deliver baclofen directly into the spinal canal. The pump is attached to a catheter (tube), which helps direct the medicine right to a specific area of the spinal cord (called the intrathecal space). This allows the medication to be delivered exactly where it works to help reduce the spasticity.

What should I expect after baclofen pump?

You child will stay in the hospital for two to five days after surgery, depending on his or her individual recovery. At first, the pump is programmed for a very low dose. The team will see your child on an outpatient basis every one to two weeks for small adjustments until the spasticity is improved.

How long does it take for baclofen pump to work?

After a dose adjustment, you will usually see the effects in 6 to 8 hours and the maximum effect in one or two days. As your dose of Lioresal® Intrathecal (baclofen) increases, your doctor may slowly reduce your oral spasticity medicine.

Is a baclofen pump safe?

Having a baclofen pump is generally safe and complications are rare, but can include: risk of a bad reaction to anesthesia. risk of bleeding. risk of spinal fluid leak.

What does baclofen do to the brain?

How Baclofen Affects the Brain and Body. Baclofen is classified as a central nervous system depressant, along with being a skeletal muscle relaxant. Its chemical structure is similar to GABA, a neurotransmitter that calms neural activity. When it’s taken, the drug activates GABA receptors in the brain.

How effective is the baclofen pump?

What is the success rate? The success rate of baclofen pump implantation for delivery of baclofen to the spinal fluid is generally favorable. Patients tend to have had a good response from pre-operative trials of intrathecal (delivery to the spinal fluid) baclofen and this is the permanent implantation phase.

What is the best medication for spasticity?

Oral medications used to treat spasticity include:

  • Baclofen (Lioresal®)
  • Tizanidine (Zanaflex®)
  • Dantrolene sodium (Dantrium®)
  • Diazepam (Valium®)
  • Clonazepam (Klonopin®)
  • Gabapentin (Neurontin®)