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Baclofen Pump Therapy (cont.)

How Will My Doctor Know If the Baclofen Pump System Is Right for Me?

If your treatment team recommends the baclofen pump system after your evaluation, you will have a trial of the therapy to test the potential effectiveness of the medication.

During the medication trial, baclofen is injected into the spinal canal (using a small needle) and the treatment team assesses its effectiveness over 2-4 hours. If your muscles don't relax during the first trial, a larger dose may be given on a later date to determine its effectiveness.

If you experience positive results with the intrathecal medication you can decide with your doctor and family members if you should have a baclofen pump system implanted during a surgical procedure.

Reviewed by the doctors at the Mellen Center for Multiple Sclerosis Research at The Cleveland Clinic.

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Edited by Joseph R Carcione, DO, MBA on November 02, 2006

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Last Editorial Review: 11/2/2006

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