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The Benefits of Intrathecal Pump Therapy

November 17, 2015

The drug of choice for many MS patients suffering from stiff muscles, otherwise known as spasticity, is Baclofen. Baclofen can be taken as a pill, but it is known to be more effective when taken directly into an area called the intrathecal space through an intrathecal pump.

The intrathecal pump delivers a small dose of medication directly into the aforementioned intrathecal space, delivering the drug directly to the spinal cord. This is beneficial because when baclofen is taken as a pill it travels around the body first, which doesn’t allow the full dose into the spinal canal.

The pump will be programmed specifically for the exact dose a patient needs, and can even give different amounts of medication at different points in the day. For example a patient who is having trouble sleeping could receive more baclofen at night in order to sleep through the night. It could also vary from day to day depending on a patient’s schedule, allowing the patient to receive more or less on days where they exercise.

Multiple studies show that it significantly reduces spasticity and spasms, as well as allowing the patient to become more independent. In addition, the pump can make life much easier on the caregiver, as there is no need to worry about taking a medication at certain times.

Basic Home Infusion is a company that greatly benefits patients who have chosen the pump. They will handle 100% of the pump management, including pump refills, dose adjustments, scheduling, bridge bolus and any other issues that may arise. Best of all, you don’t have to leave the comfort of your home, office, school or nursing home.