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Complex Motor Disorders - Medicines

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Central Nervous System Agent Children

Complex Motor Disorders - Medicines - Side Effects, Precautions, and Contraindications

What side effects can Complex Motor Disorders - Medicines cause?

​We use medicines to make our children better, but sometimes they have other effects that we don’t want (side-effects).

Medicine

Rare but serious side effects​

Seek medical attention immediately if your child has any of these side effects

​Common side effects

If your child have problems with these less serious side effects, talk with your doctor/ pharmacist

Antispasmodics
e.g. Baclofen
  • Seizure (also called a fit or convulsion)
  • ​Excessive sleepiness or difficulty in waking
  • Breathing difficulty
  • Drowsy (sleepy), dizzy
  • Confusion
  • Trouble sleeping or nightmares
  • Constipation
  • Nausea (feeling sick)
  • Difficulty with passing urine
  • If your child’s muscles become too floppy (hypotonic)
  • Emotional, anxious or overactive or may have problems with their memory
​Anticholinergics
e.g. Benzhexol
  • ​Excessive sleepiness or difficulty in waking
  • Difficulty with passing urine, or unable to pass urine
  • ​Drowsy (sleepy), dizzy
  • Blurred vision
  • Constipation, nausea, vomiting
  • Dry mouth
  • Emotional, anxious or overactive or may have problems with their memory.
​Benzodiazepaines,
e.g. Diazepam, Nitrazepam, Clonazepam
  • ​Excessive sleepiness or difficulty in waking
  • Breathing difficulty
  • Skin rash
  • Yellowing of skin or eyes
  • Hallucinations
  • Drowsy (sleepy), dizzy
  • If your child becomes too floppy
  • Difficulty controlling their movements (ataxia) or walking
  • Difficulty talking
  • Salivary drooling
  • Emotional, anxious or overactive or may have problems with their memory 
​Chloral Hydrate
  • ​​Excessive sleepiness or difficulty in waking
  • Breathing difficulty
  • ​Drowsy (sleep), dizzy
  • Nausea, vomiting
  • Stomach upset/ heartburn
​Clonidine
  • ​Excessive sleepiness or difficulty in waking​
  • ​​Drowsy (sleepy) or dizzy
  • Dry mouth
  • Constipation
  • Nausea, vomiting
  • Headaches
  • Agitation or restlessness at night 
​Gabapentin
  • Excessive sleepiness or difficulty in waking
  • Skin rash
  • ​Drowsy (sleepy), dizzy
  • Unsteadiness
  • Changes in appetite
  • Nausea, vomiting
  • ​Diarrhoea/ constipation, wind, indigestion
  • Dry mouth
  • Emotional, anxious or overactive or may have problems with their memory
​Levodopa
e.g. Madopar​
  • ​​Excessive sleepiness or difficulty in waking
  • ​​Drowsy (sleepy), dizzy
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Stomach upset
  • Dry mouth
  • Emotional, anxious or overactive or may have problems with their memory
  • Chorea (abnormal involuntary movements)


 
There may, sometimes, be other side-effects that are not listed above. If you notice anything unusual and are concerned, please contact your doctor or pharmacist.

Before taking Complex Motor Disorders - Medicines, what precautions must I follow?

What food or medicine must I avoid when I take Complex Motor Disorders - Medicines?

Complex Motor Disorders - Medicines - Additional Information

​Click here for more information on Baclofen.

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