Baclofen

Generic Name: Baclofen

  • What is this medication and its most common uses?

    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.

  • What should I know when beginning and continuing on this medication?

    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.

  • What are the possible side effects of this medication?

    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:

    Increased risk of ovarian cysts in women.

  • Who should not take this medication?

    Do not take baclofen if you are allergic to it or any of its ingredients.

  • What should I tell my healthcare provider before I take the first dose of this medication?

    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.

  • What is the usual dosage?

    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.

  • How should I take this medication?

    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.

  • What should I avoid while taking this medication?

    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.

  • What are the possible food and drug interactions associated with this medication?

    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.

  • May I receive this medication if I am pregnant or breastfeeding?

    The effects of baclofen during pregnancy and breastfeeding are unknown. Tell your healthcare provider immediately if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.

  • What should I do if I miss a dose of this medication?

    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.

  • How should I store this medication?

    Store at room temperature.