Lioresal
DESCRIPTION

Lioresal is a medication used to treat muscle spasms that are caused due to a number of illnesses including spinal cord injuries.

How it works

These medications treat spinal cord injuries among other disorders by relaxing the muscles in the body. This in turn alleviates muscle pain.

Uses

The medication is mainly used to treat muscle spasms that occur as a result of multiple sclerosis and spinal cord disorders.

Dosage

The dosage of the medication must only be determined by a physician according to your medical condition and the way you respond to the treatment. This medication is generally taken three times a day on a daily basis. This medication can be consumed by mouth. In order to reduce the risk of side effects, your health advisor might ask you to start the treatment with a low dosage. In this case, make sure to closely follow his or her instructions.

You must not increase the dosage without your physician’s advice. This can not only make you more susceptible towards side effects, but it can result in an overdose as well. You must remember that increasing the dosage will not enhance the effectiveness of the medication. In the same way; it is not safe for you to consume the medication for longer than prescribed. Once your treatment period finishes, stop consuming the drug.

It is essential for you to consume this medication on a regular basis in order to experience its best results. You must not miss or skip your doses regularly. If you keep forgetting your doses, set a reminder or take the medication at the same time every day. This way, you are less likely to forget. If you accidently miss a dose, make sure to take it as soon as possible. Do not double your doses in order to compensate for missed ones.

Side effects

The following are some common side effects of this drug which you may or may not experience during the treatment period.

Constipation
Dizziness
Drowsiness
Weakness
Tiredness
Headaches
Nausea
Trouble sleeping
Increased urination

These symptoms generally disappear within a day or two. However, if they seem to persist, make sure to inform your physician immediately.

It is also possible for you to experience certain rare, but serious, side effects such as mood changes. These include depression, confusion and hallucinations. If you do experience such symptoms, you need to get immediate medical help.

Even though it is highly unlikely, sometimes you can develop an allergic reaction this medication. If you do experience a rash, hives, swelling or trouble breathing, get medical assistance.

Precautions

The following are some precautionary instructions you need to bear in mind.

Make sure that you are not allergic to any of the ingredients used in the medication.
Inform your physician if you suffered from a brain disorder or kidney disease in the past.
Avoid alcoholic beverages.

Self-care

If you are planning to consume this medicine during the period of pregnancy, only take it when it is absolutely necessary.

If you wish to breastfeed your child during the treatment period, discuss the matter with your healthcare provider first.

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