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Baclofen

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Read time: 16 mins
Last updated: 06 May 2020
Published: 24 Jul 2020

4.1 Therapeutic indications

Baclofen is indicated for:

1) The relief of spasticity of voluntary muscle resulting from disorders such as multiple sclerosis and other spinal lesions, including tumours of the spinal cord, motor neurone disease, syringomyelia, transverse myelitis and traumatic partial section of the spinal cord.

2) Adults and children in the relief of spasticity of voluntary muscle arising from conditions such as cerebral palsy, cerebrovascular accidents, traumatic head injury and meningitis.

Treatment with Baclofen should not be initiated until the spastic state has become stabilised and it should be administered selectively; it is most likely to be of benefit to patients whose spasticity constitutes a handicap to activities or physiotherapy. Treatment should not be commenced until the spastic state has become stabilised.

Paediatric population

Baclofen is indicated in patients 0 to <18 years for the symptomatic treatment of spasticity of cerebral origin, especially where due to infantile cerebral palsy, as well as following cerebrovascular accidents or in the presence of neoplastic or degenerative brain disease.

Baclofen is also indicated for the symptomatic treatment of muscle spasms occurring in spinal cord diseases of infectious, degenerative, traumatic, neoplastic, or unknown origin such as multiple sclerosis, spastic spinal paralysis, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, syringomyelia, transverse myelitis, traumatic paraplegia or paraparesis, and compression of the spinal cord.

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