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What is baclofen?

Baclofen is an effective antispastic and muscle relaxant drug that is frequently prescribed in spastic cases.
Multiple sclerosis muscular symptoms such as spasm, pain and stiffness are very effectively treated by baclofen.
Baclofen may be used for various other conditions not mentioned above.

Important information

Baclofen may slow down your thinking and increase your reaction time, so you must not drive after taking baclofen. You must not take alcohol with baclofen as it further worsens side effects of the medication.
Baclofen reduces muscle tone, so it may endanger your safety if taken before activities where physical strength and endurance is needed.
When you stop taking baclofen, you may experience withdrawal symptoms such as hallucinations or seizures, more so if you have been taking baclofen since long time.

Consult your doctor about the method to wean off baclofen. The correct way is to gradually reduce the dosage of the drug and then completely stop taking it.

Baclofen increases the risk of ovarian cyst, so you must consult your doctor about the potential risks.

Before taking this medicine
Do not take baclofen if you are allergic to it.
Ensure safe usage of the drug by keeping your doctor informed about your medical conditions such as:

  • Renal disease;
  • History of blood clotting or stroke
  • Convulsions or other related disorders.

Baclofen increases the risk of ovarian cyst, so you must consult your doctor about the potential risks.
FDA pregnancy category C. the potential ill effects on the fetus are unknown, but you must still keep your doctor informed about your pregnancy status.

The presence of baclofen in human breast milk is not established, but is still advised that the nursing mother should not take baclofen.
Minimum age for the usage of baclofen is 12 years.

How should I take baclofen?

You must follow the prescription instructions and take the medicine as prescribed by your doctor.do not alter the dosage or duration of medication without seeking medical advice.

The dosage of baclofen may be adjusted by your doctor to give you the optimum benefit of the drug.
If you find no changes in muscle tone even after 2 weeks of baclofen intake, then you must seek medical advice. You must consult your doctor before stopping to take baclofen.

When you stop taking baclofen, you may experience withdrawal symptoms such as hallucinations or seizures, more so if you have been taking baclofen since long time. Consult your doctor about the method to wean off baclofen. The correct way is to gradually reduce the dosage of the drug and then completely stop taking it.

Store baclofen ina dry place at room temperature.

What happens if I miss a dose?

If you miss any dose you can take it when you remember but if it’s time for the next dose do not take double dose at single time.

What happens if I overdose?

Dial 1-800-222-1222 that is the poison helpline or seek emergency medical help.
Symptoms of baclofen overdose may be pinpoint or dilated pupil, muscular weakness, fainting, drowsiness, vomiting, nausea, and in extreme cases coma.

What should I avoid?

Baclofen may slow down your thinking and increase your reaction time, so you must not drive after taking baclofen. You must not take alcohol with baclofen as it further worsens side effects of the medication.
Baclofen reduces muscle tone, so it may endanger your safety if taken before activities where physical strength and endurance is needed.

Baclofen side effects

If you observe signs of baclofen allergy such as swelling of tongue, lips, face or throat, breathing problem or hives urgently seek emergency medical help.
Some of the serious side effects of baclofen may be:

  • Cardiac arrhythmias
  • Hallucinations
  • Confusions

Baclofen less serious side effects may be:

  • Insomnia
  • Polyuria
  • Headache
  • Constipation
  • Nausea
  • Fatigue
  • Weakness
  • Drowsiness and dizziness

The above mentioned list of side effects is not exhaustive. You must call up your doctor to know more about evista side effects and may also report to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

What other drugs will affect baclofen?

Medicines used for cold, depression, anxiety, sleeplessness make you drowsy and increase the effects of baclofen. Other medications such as anti-allergic, sedatives, muscle relaxants, medicines for convulsions also superimpose the effects of baclofen. It is always advisable to consult your doctor before taking another medicine with baclofen.
The above mentioned list is not exhaustive. You must always keep your doctor informed about all your medications. This includes OTC drugs, herbal products, vitamins and all prescriptions.

Baclofen Pregnancy Warnings

FDA pregnancy category C.The potential ill effects on the fetus are unknown, but you must still keep your doctor informed about your pregnancy status. It must be given to pregnant women only when benefits outweigh the potential risks.

Baclofen Breastfeeding Warnings

Very small concentration of baclofen gets excreted in human breast milk. In one study only 0.1%of drug was traced after administration of 20 mg of baclofen to the nursing mother. No side effects were observed in nursing infant.

Baclofen ill effects on nursing infants is not known, so baclofen may be given to nursing mothers.

User reviews

For Migraine Prevention - Review by Lynan

baclofen helped me in tension headache and I felt no side effects.

Lioresal (baclofen) for Migraine Prevention - Review by Gardeniagirl

baclofen proved to be very effective for migraine and tension headaches!!!

 
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