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Baclofen

Prescription vs.OTC: Prescription by Doctor required
Last Updated: February 21, 2019

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.

  • Spasticity

    Baclofen 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.
  • Allergy

    Not recommended in patients with known allergy to Baclofen.
  • 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 instructions

    Take the missed dose as soon as you remember. If it’s almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose. Do not double your dose to make up for the missed dose.
  • Overdose instructions

    Seek emergency medical treatment or contact the doctor in case of an overdose.
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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 Disease

    This 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

    Alcohol

    Consumption 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

    Lab

    Information not available.
  • Interaction with Food

    Food

    Information not available.
  • Interaction with Medicine

    Clobazam

    Inform 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.

    Opioids

    Inform 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.

    Antihypertensives

    Inform 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.

Ques: What is Baclofen?

Ans: Baclofen is a medication which has Baclofen as active ingredients present in it. This medicine performs its action by obstructing the release of excitatory transmitters in the body. Baclofen is also used to avoid Cerebral palsy and spinal cord symptoms. Baclofen is used to treat conditions such as Spasticity, alcoholism, charcot-marie-tooth disease and muscle cramps.

Ques: What are the uses of Baclofen?

Ans: Baclofen is used for the treatment and prevention from conditions and symptoms of diseases like Cerebral palsy and spinal cord symptoms. Besides these, it can also be used to treat conditions like Spasticity, alcoholism, charcot-marie-tooth disease and muscle cramps. The patient should inform the doctor about any ongoing medications and treatment before using Baclofen to avoid undesirable effects.

Ques: What are the Side Effects of Baclofen?

Ans: This is a list of possible side-effects which may occur due to the constituting ingredients of Baclofen. This is not a comprehensive list. These side-effects have been observed and not necessarily occur. Some of these side-effects may be serious. These include dizziness, insomnia, hypotension and constipation. Apart from these, using Baclofen may further lead to fatigue, weakness, confusion, drowsiness, nausea and vomiting. If any of these symptoms occur often or on daily basis, a doctor should be urgently consulted.

Ques: What are the instructions for storage and disposal Baclofen?

Ans: Baclofen should be stored at room temperature, away from heat and direct light. Keep it away from the reach of children and pets. A doctor should be consulted regarding the dosage of Baclofen. The patient should consult a doctor for its further uses and side effects and should inform the doctor about any ongoing medications and treatment before using Baclofen to avoid undesirable effects.
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