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Baclofen is a medicine used to reduce muscle spasms caused by multiple sclerosis. Baclofen may also be used to treat other conditions, as determined by your healthcare provider.
How does this medication work?
Baclofen is thought to work by relaxing your muscles, thereby relieving symptoms of muscle spasms.
What are the beneficial effects of this medication and when should I begin to have results?
What: Baclofen may help to improve your symptoms of muscle spasms.
When: Everyone responds differently to treatment, so try to be patient and follow your healthcare provider's directions. It is important that you take baclofen exactly as your healthcare provider has prescribed.
How do I know it is working?
You may start to notice an improvement in your symptoms. Your healthcare provider may also ask you questions from time to time to assess how well your spasms are controlled.
The following is not a full list of side effects. Side effects cannot be anticipated. If any develop or change in intensity, tell your healthcare provider as soon as possible. Only your healthcare provider can determine if it is safe for you to continue taking this medication.
More common side effects may include: drowsiness.
Less common side effects may include:
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Do not take baclofen if you are allergic to it or any of its ingredients.
Tell your healthcare provider about all prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal medications you are taking before beginning treatment with baclofen. Also, talk to your healthcare provider about your complete medical history, especially if you have kidney problems, seizures, history of a stroke, or if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.
The information below is based on the dosage guidelines your healthcare provider uses. Depending on your condition and medical history, your healthcare provider may prescribe a different regimen. Do not change the dosage or stop taking your medication without your healthcare provider's approval.
Adults and children ≥12 years: Your healthcare provider will prescribe the appropriate dose for you and may increase your dose as needed, until the desired effect is achieved.
If you have kidney impairment, your healthcare provider may adjust your dose appropriately.
It is important that you do not stop taking this medication abruptly. If you need to change or stop taking this medication, it is important that you only do this with the guidance of your healthcare provider.
Take baclofen exactly as prescribed by your healthcare provider. Do not change your dose or stop taking baclofen without first talking to your healthcare provider.
Do not drink alcohol or take other medicines that make you sleepy or dizzy while taking baclofen without first talking with your healthcare provider.
Do not drive, operate heavy machinery, or do other dangerous activities until you know how baclofen affects you.
If baclofen is taken with certain other drugs, the effects of either could be increased, decreased, or altered. It is especially important to check with your healthcare provider before combining baclofen with the following: alcohol or other medications that slow down your brain function.
The effects of baclofen during pregnancy and breastfeeding are unknown. Do not breastfeed while taking baclofen. Tell your healthcare provider immediately if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.
If you miss a dose of baclofen, take it as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the one you missed and return to your regular dosing schedule. Do not take two doses at once.
Store at room temperature.
In the event of a medical emergency call your doctor or 9-1-1 immediately. In the event of overdose, call your doctor or poison control for further instructions.
National Poison Control#: Call 1-800-222-1222
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