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    What is Baclofen used for?

    Baclofen is prescribed to treat spasms and muscle tightness in patients with multiple sclerosis and spinal cord injury. By relaxing the muscles, Baclofen reduces pain and stiffness, as well as improves muscle movement. This oral medication belongs to a group of medicines known as muscle relaxants. This medicine may also be used to treat other conditions as determined by your doctor.

    What is the recommended dosage of Baclofen?

    The dosage of Baclofen prescribed to each patient will vary. Always follow your physician’s instructions and/or the directions on the prescription drug label. Baclofen can be taken with or without food.

    What if you miss a dose of Baclofen?

    If your physician has instructed or directed you to take Baclofen medication in a regular schedule and you have missed a dose of this medicine, take it as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, then skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not double the doses unless otherwise directed.

    What if you overdose on Baclofen?

    Any medication taken in excess can have serious consequences. If you suspect an overdose of Baclofen, seek medical attention immediately. Some of the overdose symptoms of this drug are vomiting, drowsiness, shallow breathing, fainting, and seizures.

    What other drugs could interact with Baclofen?

    It may be noted that drugs other than those listed above may also interact with Baclofen.

    Usually drug interactions occur when it is taken with another drug or with food. Before you take a medication for a particular ailment, you should inform the health expert about intake of any other medications including non-prescription medications, over-the-counter medicines that may increase the effect of Baclofen, and dietary supplements like vitamins, minerals and herbal, so that the doctor can warn you of any possible drug interactions.

    Baclofen can interact with depression medicines, antihistamines, pain-relieving medicines, anti-seizure medicines, and sleep medicines.

    Do let your doctor know if you smoke, consume alcohol or caffeinated drinks, or use illegal drugs as these may interfere with the action of your medication. Make sure to inform your doctor of any medical conditions you may have, or any family history of medical problems. Do not start or stop using any medicine without consulting your doctor.

    What are the side effects of Baclofen?

    Like other medicines, Baclofen can cause some side effects. If they do occur, the side effects of Baclofen are most likely to be minor and temporary. However, some may be serious and may require the individual to inform the doctor or visit the nearest hospital immediately.

    It is pertinent to note that side effects of Baclofen cannot be anticipated. If any side effects of Baclofen develop or change in intensity, the doctor should be informed as soon as possible.

    Baclofen can cause side effects such as drowsiness, dizziness, headache, insomnia, constipation, tiredness, and weakness. Some of the serious side effects of this drug are shortness of breath, confusion, chest pain, uneven heartbeat, and fainting. This is not a complete list of all side effects. Do concur with your doctor and follow his directions completely when you are taking Baclofen.

    What are the questions to ask your doctor before taking Baclofen?

    Is it possible for me to take Baclofen with other drugs?
    Should certain beverages, foods and other products be avoided when I take Baclofen?
    What are the possible drug interactions of Baclofen?
    How will Baclofen work in my body?
    How should Baclofen be taken?
    How to reduce the risk of Baclofen drug interactions and side effects?

    Note

    The health and medical information provided here is intended to supplement and not substitute for the expertise and judgment of your physician, pharmacists or other health care professional. Before taking Baclofen, inform your doctor if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or breast-feeding. Also inform if you have kidney disease, diabetes, epilepsy, breathing problem, peptic ulcer, and painful urination. While taking this medication, exercise caution when driving or performing tasks that require alertness.

     

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