Baclofen is a muscle relaxer. It is used to treat muscle symptoms such as rigidity, tension, and stiffness that may occur due to various conditions such as cerebral palsy, multiple sclerosis, motor neuron disease, or injury to the head, brain or spine.
Baclofen can be taken with food. In general, you should try to use the smallest amount necessary to control your symptoms, for the shortest possible time. You should take this medicine regularly while you need it. Try not to miss doses as this will make the medicine less effective.
Some common side effects of this medicine include fatigue, weakness, drowsiness, and dizziness. If any of these side effects do not go away or get worse, you should let your doctor know. Your doctor may be able to suggest ways of preventing or reducing the symptoms.
To make sure it is safe for you, before taking this medicine, let your doctor know if you have any medical conditions or disorders. You should also tell your doctor all the other medicines you are using or taking. Pregnant and breastfeeding women should consult their doctors before using this medicine.
USES OF BACLOFEN
BENEFITS OF BACLOFEN
In Muscle relaxation
Baclofen is a muscle relaxant that is used to relieve rigidity, inflammation, and swelling in conditions that affects skeletal muscles. It works by blocking chemical messengers in the brain that are responsible for such symptoms. It effectively relieves muscle stiffness or spasm, thereby improving muscle movement.
Take it as it is prescribed to get the most benefit. Do not take more or for longer than needed as that can be dangerous. In general, you should take the lowest dose that works, for the shortest possible time. This will help you to go about your daily activities more easily and have a better, more active, quality of life.
SIDE EFFECTS OF BACLOFEN
Most side effects do not require any medical attention and disappear as your body adjusts to the medicine. Consult your doctor if they persist or if you’re worried about them.
Common side effects of Baclofen:
HOW TO USE BACLOFEN
Take this medicine in the dose and duration as advised by your doctor. Swallow it as a whole. Do not chew, crush or break it. It is to be taken with food.
HOW BACLOFEN WORKS
Baclofen is a muscle relaxant. It works on the brain and spinal cord to relieve muscle stiffness or spasm maintaining the strength of the muscles. This relieves pain and improves movement of muscles.
Baclofen may cause excessive drowsiness with alcohol.
CONSULT YOUR DOCTOR
Baclofen may be unsafe to use during pregnancy. Although there are limited studies in humans, animal studies have shown harmful effects on the developing baby. Your doctor will weigh the benefits and any potential risks before prescribing it to you. Please consult your doctor.
SAFE IF PRESCRIBED
Baclofen is safe to use during breastfeeding. Human studies suggest that the drug does not pass into the breastmilk in a significant amount and is not harmful to the baby.
Baclofen may decrease alertness, affect your vision or make you feel sleepy and dizzy. Do not drive if these symptoms occur.
Baclofen should be used with caution in patients with kidney disease. Dose adjustment of it may be needed. Please consult your doctor.
Baclofen should be used with caution in patients with liver disease. Dose adjustment of it may be needed. Please consult your doctor.