Dantrium® and Valium® were compared in 22 children manifesting various degrees of spasticity. Treatment brought definite improvement in spasticity and in activities of daily living in 20 of the 22 patients. The two-part double-blind study showed that Dantrium was most effective in nine and Valium in seven cases. In four cases the drugs appeared to be equally beneficial. The combination of Dantrium and Valium appeared to be more effective in eight patients than either medication alone, the greatest effect being seen in the upper extremities and about the hip joints. Patients on placebo showed no significant change. Side effects of lethargy and drowsiness on the combination were not bothersome after a short period of acclimation. The results indicate that the spasticity of cerebral palsy can be relieved significantly, and that the combination of peripherally and centrally acting agents is more beneficial than either medication alone.

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