Baclofen

What is baclofen?

Baclofen is a muscle relaxer and an antispasmodic agent.

Baclofen can be used to deal with muscle symptoms; for example as stiffness and pain caused by multiple sclerosis and spinal cord accidents, or even back disorders. It’s given intrathecally or orally.

Important information

Don’t utilize baclofen at some period if you require muscular tone for safe balance and movement throughout certain things to do. Don’t drive or operate heavy machinery until you discover the way that baclofen affects you personally.

Don’t quit using baclofen suddenly, or you might suffer unpleasant withdrawal signs.

Before taking this medicine

You should not utilize baclofen in the event that you’re allergic to it.

To Make Certain this medication is safe for you, tell your physician if you’ve ever needed:

  • kidney disorder 
  • Epilepsy or other seizure disorder
  • Stroke or blood clot
  • Parkinson’s disease, cerebral palsy, or rheumatoid disorders
  • Mental disorders such as schizophrenia or bipolar disorder
  • Diabetes
  • Hypertension
  • if you also use a narcotic (opioid) medication.

 

Usage of baclofen might raise your chance of creating an ovarian tumor. Speak to your physician about your particular risk.

Baclofen hasn’t yet been studied in pregnant women. Explain to your doctor if you’re pregnant or when you get pregnant while using this medication.

It’s not understood if baclofen passes to breastfeeding or whether it might harm a nursing baby. Tell your physician you’re breastfeeding before using baclofen.

Baclofen isn’t approved for use with anybody younger than 12 yrs of age.

How should I take baclofen?

Take baclofen exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Follow all directions on your prescription label. Your physician may change your dose to get the best results. Don’t use this medicine in larger or smaller amounts or for longer than recommended.

Take baclofen just as prescribed by your physician. Your physician might periodically alter your dosage to be certain to get the most useful outcomes. Don’t use this medication in smaller or larger numbers or for more than advised.

Shake the oral suspension (liquid)before use. Make use of the dosing syringe provided, or work with a medication dose-measuring apparatus (don’t make use of a kitchen spoon).

Telephone your health care provider if your muscular symptoms don’t improve, or if they make things worse.

Don’t stop using this medicine suddenly, or you might suffer unpleasant withdrawal symptoms such as a seizure or hallucinations. Consult your physician the way you can safely stop with this medication.

What happens if I miss a dose?

Take the missed dose when you remember. Skip the missed dose when it is almost time for the next dose. Don’t take additional medicine to make up the dose.

What happens if I overdose?

Seek emergency medical attention.

Overdose symptoms may include muscle weakness, weak or shallow breathing, seizure, vomiting, drowsiness, dilated or pinpoint pupils or even coma.

What should I avoid while taking baclofen?

Don’t use baclofen at some period if you require muscular tone for safe balance and movement throughout certain things to do. In a few scenarios, it might be dangerous that you have reduced muscle tone.

Alcohol consumption using this medication can cause negative effects.

This drug can impair your thinking or reactions.

Baclofen side effects

Get emergency medical help if you have signs of an allergic reaction to baclofen: hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

Get emergency medical assistance when you have signs of an allergic reaction to baclofen: Illness; difficult breathing; swelling of your own face, tongue, lips, or neck.

 

Telephone your doctor at once in the event that you own:

  • Difficulty in breathing
  • Seizures (convulsions)
  • Confusion, hallucinations

Common baclofen side effects may include:

  • Drowsiness, dizziness, weakness, tired feeling
  • Headache
  • Sleep problems (insomnia)
  • Urinating more often than usual

It is not a complete list of side effects and others side effects may occur. Seek medical advice about unusual side effects.