What is the best medication to treat a spinal cord injury and spasticity?

4 major ones. Treating spinal cord injury is more about minimizing the amount of damage at the time of injury: Methylprednisolone may have some benefit, but studies are inconclusive. As for spasticity, four drugs are standard of care: baclofen, diazepam, tizanidine, & dantrolene. Each has benefits and drawbacks; they all come in generic. Some may require more than one drug, or the use of a drug pump device.

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What is the most widely suggested medication for a spinal cord injury and spasticity?

Baclofen. Muscle spasms and spastic tone is the most complication of spinal injury. Baclofen has been the gold standard along with the benzodiazepines such as Clonazepam and diazepam. Read more...

My body is always spastic, tight and exhaustive (fatigue) due to spinal cord injury, what to do?

Many options. Are available. It will depend on the severity, and goals of spasticity management.May not want to remove all spasm as it can be beneficial in several ways.There are systemic medications, local medications like Botox as well as implantable systems. However the first step in any spasticity management program is a medically appropriate stretching plan.See a sci physician and discuss the options. Read more...

Is there a way to fight heavy drowsiness caused by baclofen. I took it due to a spinal cord injury spasticity?

Consider spinal pump. Drowsiness is a very common side effect of baclofen. If you are requiring high doses for your spasticity, it may be worth considering a spinal cord Baclofen pump- "intrathecal baclofen." this can dramatically reduce drowsiness because it delivers the medication where it is needed most. Discuss this with your doctor. Read more...