Baclofen Pump Therapy (cont.)

What Are the Disadvantages of the Baclofen Pump System?

There are certain risks that must be considered with any surgery. Risks include:

  • An adverse reaction to anesthesia
  • Infection
  • Bleeding
  • Bladder control can be altered, causing loss of urine unexpectedly
  • Pump malfunction: If the pump malfunctions, it may deliver too much medicine at once. In that instance, you will develop symptoms such as drowsiness, dizziness, weakness, insomnia (difficulty falling and/or staying asleep), lightheadedness, nausea, constipation, vomiting, loose muscles, trouble with vision, coma, respiratory depression, seizures, dry mouth, double vision, decreased concentration, diarrhea, or delayed responsiveness. Should this occur, go to the nearest Emergency Department immediately. A doctor can give you a drug called physostigmine to counteract baclofen.
  • Kinked catheter: If the catheter becomes "kinked," surgery may be necessary to replace the catheter.

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