Baclofen is an anti-spastic agent and a muscle relaxer. It treats muscle symptoms caused by multiple sclerosis, including pain, muscle spasm, and stiffness. Baclofen also treats symptoms related to any injury or disease of the spinal cord.
Baclofen is not approved for anyone younger than 12 years old, anyone having an allergy toward it, or anyone who is breastfeeding at the time. It is also not safe for during pregnancy. Consult your doctor about taking this medicine if your have a kidney disease, a history of stroke or blood clots, epilepsy or other seizure disorders, or if you are taking a narcotic medication. It is advised to avoid consumption of alcohol after starting the course of the medicine. Intake of Baclofen may reduce your muscle tone for some time so it may effect your body balance and ability to perform certain activities.
Some side effects of using this medicine may include ringing or buzzing in the ears, skin rashes, dizziness, muscle weakness, constipation, chance in mood, confusion, nausea or vomiting, headache and difficult or painful urination.
The doctor will prescribe your medicine based on your medical condition and response to treatment. Do not discontinue this medication without consulting your doctor. Your condition could become worse and you may experience withdrawal symptoms such as seizures and hallucinations. To prevent this, your doctor may reduce your dose gradually. It is usually recommended to take this medicine three times a day, with or without food. Follow your doctor's instructions carefully.
Information given here is based on the salt and content of the medicine. Effect and uses of medicine may vary from person to person. It is advicable to consult a Rheumatologist before using this medicine.
SpasticityBaclofen is used in the treatment of spasticity caused due to the brain or spinal cord injury characterized by stiffness of muscles and interferes with normal body movement.
How long is the duration of effect?The medicine stays in the body for an average duration of 7 to 12 hours.
What is the onset of action?The peak plasma concentration can be achieved in 2 to 3 hours. It takes 3 to 4 days for the medicine to show its effect.
Are there any pregnancy warnings?This medicine is not recommended for pregnant women unless necessary. The benefits and risks should be discussed with the doctor before taking this medicine.
Is it habit forming?No habit forming tendency has been reported
Are there any breast-feeding warnings?This medicine is known to excreted through the breast milk. It is not recommended in breastfeeding women unless necessary. Monitoring of symptoms like sedation is necessary.
Missed Dose instructionsTake the missed dose as soon as you remember. If itâ€™s almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose. Do not double your dose to make up for the missed dose.
Overdose instructionsSeek emergency medical treatment or contact the doctor in case of an overdose.
Below is the list of medicines, which contains Baclofen as ingredient
Baclofen belongs to skeletal muscle relaxants. It works by inhibiting the monosynaptic and polysynaptic reflexes at the spinal levels and decreases the release of excitatory neurotransmitters from the afferent terminal. It also stimulates effect of the inhibitory neurotransmitter called GABA and relaxes the muscles.
Whenever you take more than one medicine, or mix it with certain foods or beverages, you"re at risk of a drug interaction.
Interaction with Disease
Kidney DiseaseThis medicine should be used with caution in patients with the kidney disease due to increase in the concentration of this medicine and increase in the risk of adverse effects. Close monitoring of kidney function is necessary. The dose should be adjusted based on the CrCl.
Interaction with Alcohol
AlcoholConsumption of alcohol with this medicine is not recommended as it can result in dizziness and difficulty in concentration. Avoid activities that need mental alertness like driving and operating machinery.
Interaction with Lab Test
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Interaction with Food
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Interaction with Medicine
ClobazamInform the doctor if you are receiving any central nervous system medication as these medicines may cause dizziness, confusion and breathing difficulty if taken together. Performing activities like driving vehicle and operating machinery are not recommended. Dose adjustments or an alternate medicine should be considered based on the clinical condition.
OpioidsInform the doctor if you are receiving any opioids or cough preparations that contain opioids like codeine, hydrocodone as these preparations may increase the risk of sedation and breathing difficulty if taken together. The frequency and dose of these medicines should be reduced if coadministration is needed.
AntihypertensivesInform the doctor if you are receiving antihypertensive medications as these medicines may lower the blood pressure if taken together. Regular monitoring of blood pressure is necessary. Any symptoms of dizziness, lightheadedness should be reported to the doctor. Dose adjustments or an alternate medicine should be considered based on the clinical condition.
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