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  Baclofen
Drug uses
Baclofen is an antispastic agent, a muscle relaxant which influences the nerves of the spinal cord and reduces the number of muscle spasms, tightness and cramping that may be the result of different spinal diseases or multiple sclerosis.
How taken
Baclofen is available in tablets taken orally usually 3 times a day at approximately the same time. The medicine is taken with either food or a glass of water. The average dosage:
Children: prescribed by the doctor.
Adults: 15-80 mg a day
The dose may be increased to 5 mg every 3 days by the doctor.
Precautions
1 Baclofen doesn’t cure the conditions but controls them and makes physiotherapy more effective.
2 Tell the doctor if you have any allergies.
3 The doctor should know what medications you are taking at the moment including
Vitamins
Antihistamines
Other muscle relaxants
CNS depressants
Antidepressants
Narcotic pain-killers
4 Avoid drinking alcohol during the treatment.
5 Tell the doctor if you are planning to become pregnant or you are pregnant already.
6 Do not breastfeed during the treatment.
7 It may take a couple of weeks until the medicine will start working.
8 Baclofen tends to cause giddiness, make sure you know how your body reacts to the medicine until you do anything that may be life-threatening.
9 Make sure the doctor knows about any specific medical conditions of yours such as
Kidney/heart/breathing problems
Epilepsy
Spinal injuiries
Parkinson’s disease
Psychiatric/mental problems
Ulcer
Cerebral palsy
Diabetes
10 Do not discontinue using the medicine even if you fell better.Consult with the doctor who will advise you how to do it gradually.
Side effects
If any of the following side effects develop, consult with your doctor: stomach upset, weakness, giddiness, heartbeat irregularities, dark urine, skin rash, sleepiness, confusion. Call the doctor at once if seizures, troubled breathing occurs.
Missed dose
Do not make up for a missed dose, take it as soon as possible. If it’s time to take the next one, skip the one you missed and go back to your everyday schedule.
Overdose
Symptoms of overdose are vision problems, weakness in the muscles, hard breathing, vomiting, seizures, drooling, hallucinations, muscle cramping, unusual size of pupils, vomiting, mental changes and coma. Call the emergency immediately if overdose is suspected.
Storage
  • Keep away from children
  • Store at room temperature
  • Keep away from heat, cold, direct light and damp places
  • Dispose of an outdated medicine

Disclaimer
This information is to serve your information purposes only and not to be looked upon as directions for a particular patient. It’s supposed to supplement to but not to substitute for the skill and knowledge of practitioners. The abstract only covers some general issues of drug uses, directions, warnings, possible side effects. We disclaim any responsibility for any adverse effects and negative consequences that may be the result of the use of this information. For more details consult with your doctor.