Baclofen is a muscle relaxing medication that relieves spasms. It is used to get rid of muscle spasms, pain, stiffness and multiple sclerosis, and is commonly prescribed for people with trauma or disease of the spinal cord. Although this drug is prescribed to deal with spasticity, baclofen can serve for some other purposes. For instance, it is added in topical creams that relieve pain, and some studies suggest using it for treating different addictions and helping with alcohol withdrawal syndrome.
How does Lioresal work?
Baclofen is a medication that consists of gamma aminobutyric acid (GABA)-B receptor agonist. It slows down the transmission of signals between nerve cells which makes muscles less likely to stiffen and contract. The drug has the following impact on human body:
- relaxes muscles;
- slightly depresses nervous system;
- reduces anxiety and excitability.
Therefore, people buy Lioresal to treat muscle spasticity, multiple sclerosis and sometimes – other conditions like obsessive compulsive disorder, panic attacks, autism, post-traumatic stress disorder, etc.
How to take Lioresal?
Follow directions written on the prescription label. You doctor may change the dose for you to reach optimal results. Note that the dosage should be followed strictly, and you shouldn’t stop intake of baclofen suddenly, or there may be unwanted side effects like seizures or hallucinations. Your doctor will explain how to stop taking this medication safely. Store the drug at room temperature in a dark dry place.
If you’ve forgotten to take a pill, do it as soon as you remember. Next day, you can take a single dose. Overdose signs can include weakness, vomiting and dizziness, and change of pupil size. Seizures and coma have also been reported.
If you need to stay aware and keep balance and perform motion for some particular activities, do not take Baclofen: reduced muscle tone can be life-threatening in some cases. Besides, it impairs attention and concentration, so you should be careful when driving or doing something that requires being alert. Do not drink alcohol when taking Lioresal, because it may also cause negative outcomes. Note that the drug should not be taken, if it hasn’t been prescribed by your doctor!
If you have serious instant allergic reaction to the medication (hives, swelling, difficulty breathing), call the emergency help. Also seek for immediate medical help in case of weak breathing, hallucinations, convulsions and seizures.
Other complications include dizziness, fatigue, headaches, problems with falling asleep, nausea, frequent urination and constipation. Consult with your doctor, if the symptoms don’t diminish over time.
Interaction with other medications
Intake of baclofen together with other medications can cause sleepiness, slow breathing and even lethal side effects. Consult with your doctor, if you need to take sleeping pills, pain killers, cough medications, or drugs treating depression and seizures. Over-the-counter drugs, vitamins and herbal products can also interact with Lioresal and cause side effects.