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Baclofen Patient Tips

How it works

Experts are not sure how baclofen works to relieve muscle spasms but suggest it works directly on nerve impulses in the spine.

Upsides

    Baclofen is used to relieve muscle spasms such as those caused by multiple sclerosis or spinal cord damage. It is not effective for muscle spasms caused by rheumatoid arthritis or other conditions such as stroke or Parkinson's disease.
  • May also be used off-label to treat other conditions such as hiccups or Tourette's syndrome.

Downsides

If you are between the ages of 18 and 60, take no other medication or have no other medical conditions, side effects you are more likely to experience include:

  • Nausea and vomiting, headache and confusion.
  • Sedation which may affect your ability to drive or operate machinery. Avoid alcohol.

Notes: In general, seniors or children, people with certain medical conditions (such as liver or kidney problems, heart disease, diabetes, seizures) or people who take other medications are more at risk of developing a wider range of side effects. For a complete list of all side effects, click here.

Bottom Line

Baclofen relieves muscle spasm due to certain conditions but its use is limited by its ability to cause sedation and increase seizure risk.

Tips

  • Treatment should be started at a low dose and increased gradually.
  • Because of the risk of sedation, be cautious when driving or operating machinery until you know the effects of the drug on your mental functioning.

Response and Effectiveness

Onset of action varies between individuals and may range from hours to several weeks.

References

Baclofen [package insert]. Revised 10/2015 Northstar RxLLC. https://www.drugs.com/pro/baclofen.html Accessed 02/2016

  • Remember, keep this and all other medicines out of the reach of children, never share your medicines with others, and use baclofen only for the indication prescribed.

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