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Baclofen side effect or seizure?

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  • Posted By: Naneki48
  • April 29, 2011
  • 01:40 AM

I woke up last night and found that my palms of my hands were itching as well as my feet. After I mildly scratched them, both had a stinging sensation. I applied Caladryl and that made it sting more.

I sat down by computer and started feeling itchy on my body as a whole. Seemed to be breaking out in hives.

I rose up and began to feel lightheaded with some visual changes (splotchy blurriness). I walked into another room and my balance was off and I fell to the floor... as if my legs were collapsing under me (I did not hurt myself). The next thing I knew for a few seconds I had quick jerking of my legs only. No loss of consciousness. I sat there for a few moments as I was still weak and got up to sit back down in the chair again.

I take baclofen, so I started typing about side effects. Typing was slower than usual. I then started to notice that the tip of my tongue was starting to feel prickly. Fearing that my mouth was going to swell up, I woke my husband and asked him to get a benadryl for me.

I was still weak, but followed down him down the stairs and sat down. He could not open the package, so I rose up to help and started to feel the same lightheadedness again. Sure enough. Once again I collapsed, twitching now with my legs and arms. These are more spastic and were not synchronized like you see with seizures. Again no LOC. I sat there for several moments until I felt strong enough to walk again.

Took two benadryls and within the hour the hives were disappearing. I was sleepy (as I did not have much sleep that night and benadryl makes me sleepier). When I woke up I was still tired but the rest of the symptoms were gone.

Do you think this was a serious side effect of the baclofen (I have been taking it for a few years) or a seizure? I had seizure in early childhood from encephalitis (dandy walker variant brain with non communicating 4th ventricle and hypertrophied left temporal lobe and a couple of subarachnoid cysts).

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