Baclofen: Uses, Dosage, Side Effects, Composition & More - Zoylo
INFORMATION ABOUT BACLOFEN
BACLOFEN is a muscle relaxant. It is used to treat muscle spasms caused by various conditions such as multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy, spinal cord diseases, cerebrovascular accidents and other nervous system disorders.
• Aching muscles
• Breathing difficulties
It is not necessary for all people to experience the above side-effects.
SPECIAL INSTRUCTIONS FOR BACLOFEN
• Take BACLOFEN with food or with a glass of milk to avoid sick feeling.
• While taking BACLOFEN, it is advised to avoid consuming alcohol as it may cause drowsiness.
• Check with your doctor if you are planning to conceive or are pregnant because if BACLOFEN is taken during pregnancy then your baby may develop withdrawal symptoms. Breast feeding mothers are also advised not to take BACLOFEN without consulting a doctor.
• Before driving or performing any strenuous activity after taking BACLOFEN make sure you are alert and normal enough to take up the above activities as this medicine may induce drowsiness.
• Inform your doctor if you have kidney problems because your doctor might advise you to get liver function test done before and during the treatment to check liver functioning. Lower dose of BACLOFEN will be prescribed to kidney patients.
• Inform your doctor if you have or had stroke, epilepsy, mental illness, high blood pressure, Parkinsons disease, diabetes, difficulty urinating, liver, kidney or lung disease because BACLOFEN might not be the right medicine to treat muscle spasm in patients with above conditions as BACLOFEN may worsen the conditions or the mentioned conditions may make BACLOFEN not to work effectively.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Q. How does BACLOFEN work? A. BACLOFEN is a gamma aminobutyric acid (GABA)-B receptor agonist. It binds to GABA-B receptors and blocks nerve signals that cause spasms, which thereby reduces tension and contraction in muscles.
Q. Can I stop taking BACLOFEN on my own? A. Always check with your doctor before stopping the medicine because stopping in the mid-way may increase the risk of recurrence of muscle spasms and also it might cause withdrawal symptoms such as fast heart rate, muscle spasms and increased muscle rigidity, confusion, fever, hallucinations, changes in mood and emotion, feeling persecuted, mental disorders or fits. Your doctor will gradually decrease the dose to prevent any withdrawal symptoms.
Q. Can I take BACLOFEN with tizanidine (muscle relaxant)? A. No, you are recommended not to take BACLOFEN with tizanidine because together they may increase the risk of side effects such as dizziness, drowsiness, confusion, mood changes etc. Check with your doctor before taking any medication.
Q. Is BACLOFEN habit forming? A. No, BACLOFEN is not an addictive drug (habit forming). However, one should take BACLOFEN as prescribed by the doctor.
Q. Is BACLOFEN Safe for children? A. Yes, BACLOFEN is Safe for children but it not suitable for children below 33 kg body weight.