Types of Cerebal Palsy Medications

There are several medications and prescription drug treatments which may be recommended for children with cerebral palsy.

There is no cure for the brain damage which causes cerebral palsy, However, medications may be prescribed to help reduce some of the limitations caused by the disability. These drugs can help ease tight muscles, reduce abnormal movements and control seizures, which are commonly associated with cerebral palsy.

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Medications and prescription drugs for cerebral palsy symptoms can be expensive. There may be private health insurance or government benefits available to cover most of the costs of these medications for the child.

In some cases, a child’s cerebral palsy may be caused by a medical mistake that could have been prevented.  Through a legal claim, the lawyers at Saiontz & Kirk, P.A. may be able to obtain financial compensation to ensure the cost of providing proper treatment is on the responsible party and their insurance company, not the family.

There are four different types of cerebral palsy, which each impact different muscle groups in different ways. Depending on the type of cerebral palsy and the specific symptoms, different medications may be prescribed.

SPASTIC CEREBRAL PALSY MEDICATIONS TO CONTROL MUSCLE TIGHTNESS

For children with spastic cerebral palsy, medications may be used to control muscle tightness and spasticity.  The three main medications used for children with spastic cerebral palsy are:

  • Diazepam: a relaxant of the brain and body
  • Baclofen: blocks nerve signals which cause muscle contractions
  • Dantrolene or Dantrium: reduces and interferes with muscle contraction

ATHETOID CEREBRAL PALSY MEDICATIONS TO REDUCE ABNORMAL MOVEMENTS

For children with athetoid cerebral palsy, medications may be used to reduce abnormal movements of the muscles.  Some of the drugs, known as anticholinergic drugs, used for children with athetoid cerebral palsy include:

  • Trihexyphenidyl
  • Benztropine
  • Procyclidine hydrochloride

CEREBRAL PALSY MEDICATIONS TO CONTROL SEIZURES

Seizures in children are commonly associated with cerebral palsy brain injuries.  Seizures can be subtle or associated with severe uncontrolled contraction of muscles.  Several medications may be prescribed by a doctor to minimize the occurrence and impact of seizures, including:

  • Depakene (also known as Valproate or Valrelease)
  • Diazepam (also known as Valium)
  • Dilantin
  • Epival
  • Klonopin (also known as Rivotril)
  • Tegrotol
  • Zarontin

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