Medications for Cerebral Palsy
The main medications used in the case of Cerebral Palsy are those employed to control occurrence of seizures and reduce abnormal movement and spasticity. These include:
- Dopaminergic drugs, such as Levodopa (Sinemet) and Trihexiphenidyl (Artane), which increase the production of the chemical dopamine in the brain, which in turn reduces abnormal movements and rigidity, a common feature of Cerebral Palsy.
- Muscle relaxants such as Baclofen (Lioresal) and Diazepam (Valium)
- Botulinum Toxin Type A (Botox), which causes a mild muscle paralysis and thus minimizes the occurrence of contractions.
- Anticolvulsants and Benzodiazepines which control the occurrence and intensity of seizures.