Baclofen
DESCRIPTION

Baclofen is a medication that is used to treat muscle spasms that are caused as a result of spinal cord injuries or diseases. This medication is also commonly referred to as Lioresal.

How it works

This medication works by relaxing the muscles to relax. By relaxing the muscles, it is able to reduce the severity of muscle spasms.

Uses

This medication is mainly used by individuals suffering from certain conditions such as multiple sclerosis and spinal cord diseases. This medication is extremely useful in treating muscle spasms that occur as a result of such conditions.

Dosage

This medication is generally taken three times a day, by mouth. You can consume this drug with or without meals. Your physician might ask you to start with a lower dose in order to reduce your susceptibility to side effects. In this case, make sure to follow the instructions provided by your physician.

The dosage will be determined by your healthcare provider. It will be determined according to your medical condition and treatment response. You must not increase or decrease the dosage without consulting your physician. Remember, increasing the dosage will not enhance the effectiveness of the medication. It will only make you more susceptible to the side effects.

In order to benefit from this medication, you need to use it as regularly as possible. Do not skip or miss your doses accidently. You must not terminate the treatment without consulting your physician. Doing can might make your condition worse. It can also lead to certain withdrawal symptoms such as seizures. Therefore, you will need to reduce the dose gradually in order to avoid such problems. If your condition persists or worsens during the treatment period, you need to inform your physician immediately.

Side effects

Consuming this medication can sometimes lead to certain unpleasant side effects such as the following.

Drowsiness
Dizziness
Weakness
Tiredness
Constipation
Nausea
Trouble sleeping
Increased urination

Even though these symptoms may persist only for a day or two, make sure to inform a physician if they worsen with time. Moreover, it is important to note that you can experience certain severe side effects during the treatment period too. This especially includes mood changes such as depression, confusion and hallucinations.

If you do experience any of the above, do not hesitate to contact your healthcare provider immediately.

Precautions

Make sure to adhere to the following precautionary methods during the course of the treatment.

Inform your physician about your medical history – especially if you suffered from a kidney disease or brain disorders.
Make sure that you are not allergic to any of the ingredients used in the medication.
Do not drive or operate machinery after taking your dose since this medication can make you drowsy.
Avoid consuming alcoholic beverages when consuming this medication.
Be careful when giving this medication to older adults as they might be sensitive to certain side effects.

Self-care

If you become pregnant during the treatment period, make sure to consume this medication only when it is absolutely necessary.

Since this drug can be passed onto infants via breast milk, consult a physician before you nurse your child.

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