What is the role of oral medications in the treatment of spasticity?

Updated: Mar 01, 2018
  • Author: Krupa Pandey, MD; Chief Editor: Stephen A Berman, MD, PhD, MBA  more...
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The use of oral medications for the treatment of spasticity may be very effective. At high dosages, however, oral medications can cause unwanted adverse effects, including sedation and changes in mood and cognition. These adverse effects preclude their extensive use in children, since the intellectual function of the majority of children with spasticity is at best precarious, and sedation inevitably results in some degree of impaired learning or school performance.


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