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Dr. Michael Hejtmanek
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Baclofen (Overview)

Baclofen is used to reduce discomfort related to "muscle spasms" from a variety of causes. It is commonly used to treat spasticity - which is a constant "muscle spasm" commonly associated with prior brain and spinal cord injury.


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What is prescription baclofen made up of?

What is prescription baclofen made up of?

Baclofen and pain: Although baclofen is classified as a centrally acting skeletal muscle relaxant, it is commonly used in the management of paroxysmal neuralgias such as trigeminal neuralgia. Baclofen is a GABA agonist that is considered a first-line analgesic for this type of pain, but can also be used as a second-line analgesic for the continuous neuralgias. ...Read more

Dr. Michael Hejtmanek
342 doctors shared insights

Baclofen (Overview)

Baclofen is used to reduce discomfort related to "muscle spasms" from a variety of causes. It is commonly used to treat spasticity - which is a constant "muscle spasm" commonly associated with prior brain and spinal cord injury.


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Please describe the medication: baclofen?

Please describe the medication: baclofen?

A muscle relaxant: Baclofen is used to reduce discomfort related to "muscle spasms" from a variety of causes. It is commonly used to treat spasticity — which is a constant "muscle spasm" commonly associated with prior brain and spinal cord injury. ...Read more

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Is an optometrist allowed to prescribe neurotin or baclofen for ataxia?

Is an optometrist allowed to prescribe neurotin or baclofen for ataxia?

Of course not: Only medicines for the eyes. And if they are allowed, you'd be nuts to take it- ataxia is a serious medical condition that requires the attention of an M.D.- likely a neurologist. ...Read more

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Dr prescribed baclofen to take as needed. Worried from the withdrawal symptoms I've read. Worried she prescribed it wrong?

Dr prescribed baclofen to take as needed. Worried from the withdrawal symptoms I've read. Worried she prescribed it wrong?

Ok to wait: Back often is a muscle relaxer. It is not a life saving medication. I cannot think of any situation in which not taking it would pose a long term risk. If you are concerned wait and talk to your doctor. This type of medication is always about balancing risk and benefit. Most patients tolerate back often well, do not have withdrawal problems, and get relief from muscle spasm. ...Read more

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Is long term baclofen use even bad on ur kidneys at all or have i been told wrong?

Is long term baclofen use even bad on ur kidneys at all or have i been told wrong?

See below: Baclofen use is not bad on your kidneys, however if you have bad kidneys, then the dose should be decreased or it should be avoided depending on severity of kidney function. ...Read more

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I'm prescribed baclofen 30mg per day. I haven't used any today but muscle spasms are horrible, ok to take 2 tabs at once??

I'm prescribed baclofen 30mg per day. I haven't used any today but muscle spasms are horrible, ok to take 2 tabs at once??

Organize your meds: Don't double-up if you've missed a dose. To prevent this from happening again, keep your medications organized. For example, you could use a pill box. Doubling up will cause alterations in the concentration of baclofen in your system, which can have serious side effects. See your physician for further discussion. http://www.patientresource.com/Medication_Adherence_Practical_Tips.aspx ...Read more

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What is the dose of baclofen for sleep and are the lowest doses the most effective?

What is the dose of baclofen for sleep and are the lowest doses the most effective?

Not for insomnia: The primary use for muscle spasticity and neuropatic pain. Sedation and sleepiness are common side effects. Baclofen is available 10 and 20 mg tablets. The usual starting dosage is 5 mg three times a day, which can be increased by 5 mg every 2-3 days until adequate pain relief is obtained. ...Read more

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How soon will baclofen work?

How soon will baclofen work?

Hours orally.: It may take hours orally. Not for recreational use, please. ...Read more

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I wanted to know is baclofen safe to take while pregnant?

Not Really: Little information is available about the potential risks of using baclofen when pregnant. Pregnancy Category C is given to medicines that have not been studied in pregnant humans but that do appear to cause harm to the fetus in animal studies. Also, medicines that have not been studied in any pregnant women or animals are automatically given a pregnancy Category C rating. ...Read more

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Any drugs 4 spasticity that could replace baclofen, and be taken with celexa safely? Except I am allergic 2 zanaflex (tizanidine). Plz help I need my celexa back!

Possibly: Clonazepam is a possibility but is a controlled substance and is not prescribed unless you really have problems with he baclofen. It causes dependence and is pretty hard to wean from. ...Read more

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Slightly different ingredients than baclofen — that does not have the nasty depression side effect?

Slightly different ingredients than baclofen — that does not have the nasty depression side effect?

Altermative Baclofen: Other meds which affect GABA in the brain and spinal cord can help with muscle tension and spasm, such as gabapentin, which also pays a variable dividend in pain relief sometimes. A humble otc antihistamine, phenyltoloxamine citrate, used to completely relieve my spasm. U cd get it in an older formulation of percogesic, but sadly it's now Benadryl (diphenhydramine) as anti-hist agent now, which can help, too. Spasm. ...Read more

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What are the side effects of baclofen?

What are the side effects of baclofen?

Sedation: This drug which is excellent for muscle spasms or spasticity can cause drowsiness, sedation, dry mouth or other symptoms. ...Read more

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How long does it take for an expired muscle relaxer, Baclofen 20mg. From 2012 to get out of your system.started taking mon.19th. Took like 2 to 3 a d?

Not long: Baclofen is a muscle relaxant primarily used for muscle spasm in Multiple Sclerosis and spinal injury. It is not used in rheumatic diseases and ordinary causes of muscle spasm. It is excreted primarily intact by the kidneys. With normal renal function it should be largely excreted in 24 hours.
If taken for a long period it must be tapered slowly. ...Read more

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What to do if I have been taking baclofen for about 7 weeks. So far nothing. Does anybody know how long it takes to work?

Depends: But should be seeing something by now. May need dosage adjustment, change in medication or other treatment. If you haven't improved yet, time to return to doctor. ...Read more

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I'm Having A Complete Hysterectomy But I'm On Mobic (meloxicam) And Baclofen. Will THis Cause Bleeding Issues?

Mobic (meloxicam): No, it's fine. Some docs premedicate their surgical patients with Mobic (meloxicam) to help with post op pain. The baclofen also is fine. ...Read more

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I could really use as many dr's 2 answer 2 support that celexa (citalopram) & baclofen have no bad interaction taken together, especially local dr's.2 use as ref?

I could really use as many dr's 2 answer 2 support that celexa (citalopram) & baclofen have no bad interaction taken together, especially local dr's.2 use as ref?

Monitor: Since both the medicines have effects on the brain, caution needs to be applied for breathing and central nervous system depressant effect. Becomes an issue especially in elderly and debilitated. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for baclofen overdose?

What is the treatment for baclofen overdose?

Stop the drug : First stop the drug and treat symptoms including support of vital functions untill Baclofen effect is worn off. ...Read more

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Is it bad to take a baclofen in the morning and bedtime? Or is that too much? I find it helps a lot more with getting though my day.

Is it bad to take a baclofen in the morning and bedtime? Or is that too much? I find it helps a lot more with getting though my day.

Depends on…: Strength of the pills you're taking. Maximum daily dose is 80 mg; daily dose is usually 3-4 times a day; so if you're taking 10 or 20 mg twice a day, you're still in the safe range. However, u should discuss any dosing changes with your doc before making such changes. ...Read more

Dr. Jane McMillan
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