Baclofen is classified as an antispastic drug and is regularly used as a muscle relaxer. Commonly prescribed by doctors for multiple sclerosis patients as a drug to reduce their pain, stiffness, and spasms, baclofen is also regularly recommended to spinal cord injury and spinal cord disease patients for relief of muscle related issues.
Baclofen is administered orally, usually three times daily as prescribed by your consulting physician. Baclofen can be taken with or without food and should be taken only in the prescribed dosage. Never increase dosage unless instructed by your physician. Consult with your compounding pharmacist if you have particular questions after you have begun taking baclofen.
Patients taking baclofen have reported side effects. While it is entirely possible that you may experience no side effects while taking the drug, you should be aware that side effects are possible. Common side effects seen with baclofen are:
If you experience any of the above side effects and they are continuing or getting worse or increasing, contact your physician right away. Serious side effects including hallucinations, depression, and mental confusion are possible in some patients. If you feel you are having hallucinations or mental confusion, or feel depression coming on it is important for you to seek medical attention immediately. Serious allergic reactions to baclofen are not common and you may possibly experience no allergic reaction at all upon beginning use of this custom drug. However, anyone taking baclofen should pay careful attention to reactions such as: difficulty breathing, tightness in the chest, or swelling of the mouth, face, tongue, or lips. If any of these serious allergic reactions are experienced seek medical attention immediately.
Anyone considering the use of baclofen who has a history of, or currently has, any of the conditions listed below, or is involved with any of the procedures listed below should not take baclofen until they have first consulted with their physician and have received a full medical history and current medication review and have been given the go-ahead by their physician to begin taking baclofen:
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