Baclofen Baclofen is a muscle relaxer and an antispastic medication. It is used to treat muscle symptoms caused by multiple sclerosis, spinal cord injury and other diseases - including spasm, pain, and stiffness. Baclofen works by helping to relax the muscles.
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BACLOFEN MEDICATION INFO
The following information is intended as a supplement, but not as a substitution for the expertise and judgment of
your doctor, pharmacist or other healthcare professional. It should not be assumed that use of the drug is safe,
appropriate, or effective for your condition. Consult your healthcare professional before using this drug.
BACLOFEN - ORAL (BAK loe fen)
COMMON BRAND NAME(S): Lioresal, Lioresal Intrathecal, Gablofen
USES: Baclofen is used in the treatment of muscle spasms that result from certain conditions (such as multiple sclerosis, spinal cord injury/disease).
It aids in the relaxation the muscles.
USAGE: Consume Baclofen by mouth with or without food as directed by your doctor, usually 3 times a day. To reduce your risk of
side effects, your doctor may direct you to start Baclofen at a low dose and gradually increase your dose. Follow your doctor's instructions carefully.
The dosage is based on your medical condition and your individual response to treatment. Do not increase your dose or take Baclofen more often than prescribed.
Use Baclofen regularly to get the highest benefit from it. To help you remember, take Baclofen at the same times each day. Do not stop taking
Baclofen without consulting your doctor. Some conditions may become worse when Baclofen is suddenly stopped. Also, you may experience
withdrawal symptoms such as hallucinations and seizures. To prevent withdrawal symptoms, your doctor may reduce your dose gradually. Consult
your doctor or pharmacist for more details, and report any withdrawal reactions immediately.
It may take 1 to 2 months or longer to get the full benefit from Baclofen. Tell your doctor if your condition does not improve or if it
worsens. Follow directions exactly.
POSSIBLE SIDE EFFECTS: Drowsiness, dizziness, weakness, fatigue, headache, trouble sleeping, nausea, or constipation may occur. If any of these
effects persist or worsen, tell your doctor immediately.
Tell your doctor right away if you have any serious side effects, including: mental/mood changes (such as confusion, depression, hallucinations).
A very serious allergic reaction to this drug is uncommon. However, seek medical help right immediately if you notice any symptoms of a serious allergic reaction,
including: rash, itching/swelling (especially of the face/tongue/throat), severe dizziness, trouble breathing.
This is not a complete list of possible side effects. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor immediately.
PRECAUTIONS: Before taking baclofen, tell your doctor if you are allergic to it; or if you have any other allergies. Baclofen may contain inactive
ingredients, which can cause allergic reactions or other problems. Talk to your doctor for more details.
Before using Baclofen, tell your doctor or pharmacist your medical history, especially of: kidney disease, mental/mood disorders
(such as schizophrenia), brain disorders (such as seizures, stroke).
Baclofen may make you dizzy or drowsy. Do not drive, use machinery, or do any activity that requires alertness until you are sure you
can perform such activities safely. Avoid alcoholic beverages.
Before having surgery, tell your doctor or dentist about all the products you use (including prescription drugs, nonprescription drugs, and herbal products).
Older adults may be more sensitive to the side effects of Baclofen, especially drowsiness and mental/mood changes (such as confusion).
During pregnancy, Baclofen should be used only when clearly needed. Discuss the risks and benefits with your doctor.
Baclofen passes into breast milk. Consult your doctor before breast-feeding.
DRUG INTERACTIONS: Drug interactions may change how your medications work or increase your risk for serious side effects. This page
does not contain all possible drug interactions. Keep a list of all the products you use (including prescription/nonprescription drugs and
herbal products) and share it with your doctor and pharmacist. Never start, stop, or change the dosage of any medicines without your doctor's approval.
Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking other products that cause drowsiness including alcohol, antihistamines (such as cetirizine,
diphenhydramine), drugs for sleep or anxiety (such as alprazolam, diazepam, zolpidem), other muscle relaxants, and narcotic pain relievers (such as codeine).
Check the labels on all your medicines (such as allergy or cough-and-cold products) because they may contain ingredients that cause drowsiness.
Ask your pharmacist about using those products safely.
OVERDOSE: If overdose is suspected,
contact your local poison control center or emergency room immediately.
Symptoms of overdose may include: vomiting, severe drowsiness, slow/shallow breathing, seizures.
NOTES: Do not share Baclofen with others.
MISSED DOSE: If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you remember.
If it is near the time of the next dose, skip the missed dose and
resume your usual dosing schedule. Do not "double-up"
the dose to catch up.
STORAGE: Store Baclofen at room temperature away from light and moisture. Do not store in the bathroom. Keep all medications away from children and pets.