Baclofen: Uses, Side effects, Dosage

Baclofen is a Prescription Antispastic drug and used to treat muscle spasms caused by certain conditions (such as multiple sclerosis, spinal cord injury/disease). It works by helping to relax the muscles.Baclofen is a gamma-amino-butyric acid (GABA) derivative used as a muscle relaxant.

  • The exact mechanism of action is unknown but It’s thought that baclofen blocks the signals from your nervous system that tell your muscles to spasm.

Dosage:

For muscle relaxation:

  • Adults and teenagers—At first, the dose is 5 milligrams (mg) 3 times every day. Then, each dose could also be increased by 5 mg every 3 days till the required response is reached. No more than 80 mg ought to be taken within a twenty-four-hour period.
  • Children—Use and dose should be determined by your doctor.

Pregnancy:

  • Manufacturer advises use as long as potentiak benefit outweighs risk (Toxicity in animal studies)

Baclofen  Side effects:

More common side effects

The more common side effects of baclofen oral tablet can include:

  • Nausea
  • Headaches
  • Dizziness
  • Drowsiness
  • Constipation
  • Low blood pressure

If these effects are mild, they may go away within a few days or a couple of weeks. If they’re more severe or don’t go away, talk to your doctor or pharmacist.

Serious side effects

Serious side effects and their symptoms can include the following:

  • Feeling very drowsy
  • Trouble urinating
  • Agitation
  • Withdrawal symptoms, such as:
    • Hallucinations
    • Seizures

 

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