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Delivery Time: ~7 days
What is Baclofen?
Baclofen is a muscle relaxing drug and an antispastic agent that is a derivative of the GABA, a neurotransmitter in the brain. Baclofen functions by activating the GABA receptor and blocking the activity of the nerves in the part of the brain that controls the contraction and relaxation of skeletal muscles. Therefore, Baclofen is an effective medication for treating muscle spasms caused by some conditions.
What are the indications for using Baclofen?
Baclofen is most commonly used to treat spasticity and some forms of addiction.
- Spasticity is an unusual tightness of the skeletal muscles, characterized by amplified tendon reflex activity, paralysis, and hypertonia. Baclofen can be prescribed to people suffering from spastic movement disorders.
- Alcohol addiction. Baclofen has been proven effective in treating the withdrawal symptoms that usually accompany alcohol cessation and thus, Baclofen can help treat an alcohol addiction.
Baclofen is sold as 10mg and 25mg oral tablets. The recommended dosage for muscle spasms is as follows: 5mg three times a day for 3 days. The dosage should then be increased by 5mg every three days, until it is 20mg three times a day. The recommended maintenance dosage is 40-80mg a day, to be split into several different doses.
What are the contraindications for using Baclofen?
Baclofen should never be used by those allergic to it or its components. It may also be unsafe for individuals with a history of stroke or blood clots, or those suffering from kidney disease, epilepsy, or some type of seizure disorder. It may be inappropriate for those with a mental or a brain disorder. It is unknown whether Baclofen can harm an unborn baby. Baclofen can cause drowsiness and dizziness, and thus driving and other activities that require alertness should be avoided.
What are the adverse effects of Baclofen?
Several possible signs of a serious allergic reaction include itching, severe dizziness, rashes, swelling of the face, tongue, or throat, and breathing troubles. Baclofen may also cause some adverse effects such as weakness, dizziness, constipation, sleeping trouble, headaches, nausea, and lack of energy.