Lioresal Intrathecal (Baclofen Injection): Overview

Modified on 2009/10/14 21:50 by admin
Lioresal Intrathecal (Baclofen Injection) is indicated for the treatment of severe spasticity of cerebral or spinal origin. Relaxing muscles in your body by acting on the central nervous system, Lioresal Intrathecal relieves cramping and spasms brought on by disorders such as multiple sclerosis and cerebral palsy. A drug pump surgically implanted by a physician into a patient's back delivers the medication into a user's spinal fluid. A doctor then monitors the dosage administered to the patient.

Side effects of Lioresal injection include, but may not be limited to, dizziness, nausea, headache, seizures, and hypotension. Approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 1996, Lioresal Injection is made by the medical technology company Medtronic.

In May 2002, the FDA and Medtronic added a BOXED WARNING and strengthened the WARNINGS sections of the prescribing information of Lioresal Intrathecal. The warnings inform healthcare professionals about rare cases of intrathecal baclofen withdrawal that can lead to life threatening aftereffects and/or death in patients who abruptly discontinue therapy. Dozens of patients have suffered high fevers, mental impairment and muscle rigidity leading to rhabdomyolosis and organ failure as a result. The FDA has received reports of six deaths associated with the sudden discontinuation of Lioresal Intrathecal.

See your doctor if you have experienced an adverse reaction from Lioresal Intrathecal. In addition, it may be important to contact an attorney who can help you protect your legal rights. Please keep in mind that there may be time limits within which you must commence suit.

See Also

  1. Painkillers: Overview
  2. Balance Problems: Overview
  3. Headaches
  4. Low Blood Pressure (hypotension): Overview
  5. Nausea: Overview
  6. Rhabdomyolysis
  7. Seizures: Overview
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