My son has been taking baclofen for spasms. He is a quadriplegic and has terrible leg spasms. He a also has several drinks a day, with the medication. Please tell me the dangers with this combination.
There is 1 alcohol/food/lifestyle interaction with baclofen:
baclofen ↔ food
Moderate Food Interaction
Alcohol can increase the nervous system side effects of baclofen such as dizziness, drowsiness, and difficulty concentrating. Some people may also experience impairment in thinking and judgment. You should avoid or limit the use of alcohol while being treated with baclofen. Do not use more than the recommended dose of baclofen, and avoid activities requiring mental alertness such as driving or operating hazardous machinery until you know how the medication affects you. Talk to your doctor or pharmacist if you have any questions or concerns.
As masso has noted, the interactions are considered moderate: https://www.drugs.com/interactions-check.php?drug_list=318-0,1034-0 I gave it some thought; the warnings, in part, do not apply to your son at all. Cognitive functioning is what he has so he doesn't want to overdo it. Note: this is not a medical opinion, there is no harm in asking his doctor.
Good on you mom.
My son had an incomplete C-5 SCI in 1998. He was on oral Baclofen. Due to the high dose he needed to take to help with his spasticity, he was falling asleep in school, even with a good nights rest. We opted for a Baclofen pump. It is surgically implanted and, delivers the medication directly to his spinal cord. The "up" side is the decrease in the amount of medication he requires daily. I cannot remember the exact ratio number, but he went from milligrams to micrograms of daily dosage. Less medication = less interaction with alcohol. I suggest you talk to his doctors about this alternative
- Baclofen Information for Consumers
- Baclofen Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Baclofen (detailed)
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