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For more stories about people who chose Medtronic ITB TherapySM (Intrathecal Baclofen Therapy) to treat severe spasticity symptoms due to multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy, stroke, brain injury, or spinal cord injury, visit baclofenpump.com.

Carol's Story: Life After Stroke

It was a six-year struggle for Carol to come back from the effects of a serious stroke. When she began ITB Therapy she started to see changes. Today, Carol is able to walk and is enthusiastic about her progress.
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Diana's Story: Life with MS

Since receiving Medtronic ITB TherapySM (Intrathecal Baclofen Therapy) for her severe spasticity due to multiple sclerosis, Diana no longer needs a cane to assist her in walking. She has gotten back to doing the things that she loves: gardening, camping, and accompanying her husband to disc-golf tournaments.
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Ed's Story: Life After a Stroke

In 2003, Ed sustained a stroke. He experienced severe spasticity in his left arm and leg. "It was like having a constant charley horse," recalls Ed. When Ed's doctor suggested ITB Therapy (the baclofen pump), Ed was receptive.
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Eric's Story: Life After a Brain Injury

After Eric awakened from a trauma-induced coma, he took oral baclofen to control his severe spasticity, but it made him sleepy. His mother, Susan, says, "We wanted to give him every chance. We wanted him awake and functioning, so we needed another option."
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Jason's Story: Life After a Spinal Cord Injury

After his motocross-racing injury, Jason started racing again, this time in his wheelchair. But it wasn't long before Jason suffered an onset of severe spasticity in his legs and back. "The spasms were so bad they would throw me backward out of my chair," he recalls.
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Kaleigh's Story: Life with Cerebal Palsy

To treat her severe spasticity, Kaleigh tried a year of injection therapy and casting, but didn't get the relief she hoped for. Her mother, Julie, asked Kaleigh's doctor about Medtronic ITB Therapy.
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The Medtronic baclofen pump is part of the Synchromed® Infusion System, which delivers the drug called Lioresal® Intrathecal (baclofen injection) for ITB TherapySM, a treatment for severe spasticity. Please read the following important safety information about ITB Therapy.

IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION FOR ITB THERAPY (Intrathecal Baclofen Therapy)

Please follow your doctor's instruction closely because a sudden stop of intrathecal baclofen therapy can result in serious baclofen withdrawal symptoms such as high fever, changed mental status, muscle stiffness, and in rare cases may result in loss of function of many vital organs and death. It is very important that your doctor be called right away if you experience any of the above symptoms.

It is important for you to keep your scheduled refill visits so you don't run out of medication (baclofen) and to know the early symptoms of baclofen withdrawal. Some patients are at more risk than others for baclofen withdrawal; speak with your doctor about this.

People who suffer from severe spasticity resulting from cerebral palsy, multiple sclerosis, stroke, brain injury, or spinal cord injury may be candidates for ITB Therapy. If you have spasticity due to spinal cord injury or multiple sclerosis, you may be considered for ITB Therapy if oral baclofen has not controlled your spasticity or has resulted in serious side effects that you cannot accept. If you suffered a brain injury due to trauma you must wait until one year after the injury to be considered for ITB Therapy. A trial of ITB Therapy will help to show if ITB Therapy can help you. You should not receive ITB Therapy if you have an infection, are allergic to baclofen, or your body size is too small for the implantable pump.

The implanted pump and catheter (tube that delivers the drug from the pump to the fluid around the spinal cord) are placed under the skin during a surgery. Some complications that you may experience with the surgery include infection, meningitis (infection of the lining of the brain and central nervous system), spinal fluid leak, paralysis, headache, swelling, bleeding, and bruising.

The most common and/or serious drug-related side effects of ITB Therapy include loose muscles, sleepiness, upset stomach, vomiting, headaches, and dizziness. Failure of the pump placed under your skin may cause symptoms due to overdose (receiving too much) or underdose (receiving too little) of intrathecal baclofen. The signs and symptoms of overdose include drowsiness, lightheadedness, dizziness, respiratory depression (difficulty breathing), hypothermia (lower than normal body temperature), seizures, loss of consciousness, and coma. Once the infusion system (the pump and the catheter) is implanted, possible complications include unintended movement of the catheter or pump within the body or breakdown of the skin over the pump. The catheter could leak, tear, kink, or become disconnected from the pump, resulting in underdose or no baclofen infusion. Symptoms of underdose include an increase or return in spasticity, itching, low blood pressure, lightheadedness, and tingling sensation. These symptoms are often early signs of baclofen withdrawal. The pump could stop because the battery has run out or because of a problem with one or more of its inner parts. The pump will sound an alarm when the pump needs to be filled with baclofen, replaced, or if there is a problem with the pump. You or your caregiver should always inform any healthcare personnel that you have an implanted infusion system before any medical or diagnostic procedure such as MRI or diathermy.

For more information, please read the Lioresal® Intrathecal (baclofen injection) Full Prescribing Information and the SynchroMed Infusion System Information.

This therapy is not for everyone. Please contact your doctor. A prescription is required.

Lioresal® is a registered trademark of Medtronic, Inc.

USA Rx Only Rev 0913

You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA.
Visit www.fda.gov/medwatch, or call 1-800-FDA-1088.

Information on this site should not be used as a substitute for talking with your doctor. Always talk with your doctor about diagnosis and treatment information.

Last updated: 4 Oct 2013

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