Baclofen is used for the treatment of muscle spasms that are caused due to conditions like multiple sclerosis or other conditions. However, your doctor may also prescribe Baclofen for other conditions if found appropriate.
How to use Baclofen
The ideal way to use Baclofen is to follow the instructions of your doctor. An alternative way is to check the medicine label for dosage instructions.
Baclofen may be taken with or without a meal to avoid stomach problems.
Preferably, Baclofen should be taken at the same time each day to help maintain a regular routine for taking it.
You must not stop taking Baclofen without consulting your doctor even if you attain relief after a short while post starting treatment.
Drug Class and Mechanism
Baclofen is a muscle relaxant that reduces the frequency and severity of muscle spasms that are caused due to neurological disorders like multiple sclerosis.
It is important that you maintain a strict schedule for taking Baclofen to ensure that you do not miss any doses. But if you do, then you may take it as soon as you remember provided that you space out the next dosage accordingly.
On the other hand, if it is almost time for the next dose, then omit this dose and continue with your normal dosage schedule.
Never consume two doses to compensate for a missed dosage.
Store Baclofen between 59 to 77 degrees F (15 and 25 Degrees), at room temperature. Ensure that you protect it from direct exposure to heat/moisture/light and from the reach of children and pets.
Avoid storing Baclofen in the bathroom.
Do not use Baclofen if you are allergic to any of the ingredients in it (read medicine label if unsure).
You must avoid taking alcoholic beverages or sleeping aids while using Baclofen as it can increase the chances of becoming drowsy, faint or dizzy. Potentially hazardous tasks like driving, handling heavy machinery should also be avoided.
If you are pregnant or have plans for a pregnancy, then consult your doctor before using Baclofen as Baclofen may harm your fetus.
If you are breast feeding then please maintain caution as it is unknown whether Baclofen is passed into the breast milk. So please consult your doctor prior to using it.
Please maintain caution while using Baclofen in children below 12 years of age/elderly patients as the safety as well as effectiveness of Baclofen in these patients are yet to be ascertained.