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BACLOFEN

Brand & Generic Names

• Habit forming? No
• Prescription needed? Yes
• Available as generic? Yes
• Drug class: Muscle relaxant for multiple sclerosis

Basic Information

  • Relieves spasms, cramps and spasticity of muscles caused by medical problems, including multiple sclerosis and spine injuries.
  • Reduces number and severity of trigeminal neuralgia attacks.

Uses

    How to take: Tablet--Swallow with liquid or food to lessen stomach irritation. -------------- When to take: 3 or 4 times daily as directed. --------------------- If you forget a dose: Take as soon as you remember up to 2 hours late. If more than 2 hours, wait for next scheduled dose (don't double this dose). ---------------------- What drug does: Blocks body's pain and reflex messages to brain. ------------------------------ Time lapse before drug works: Variable. Few hours to weeks. ---------------------- Don't take with: Any other medicine without consulting your doctor or pharmacist.

Dosage & Usage Information

SYMPTOMS:
Blurred vision, blindness, difficult breathing, vomiting, drowsiness, muscle weakness, convulsive seizures. WHAT TO DO:
Dial 911 (emergency) or O (operator) for an ambulance or medical help. Then give first aid immediately.
If patient is unconscious and not breathing, give mouth-to- mouth breathing. If there is no heartbeat, use cardiac massage and mouth-to-mouth breathing (CPR). Don't try to make patient vomit. If you can't get help quickly, take patient to nearest emergency facility.
See EMERGENCY Information.


Overdose

SYMPTOMS WHAT TO DO --------------------------------------------- Life-threatening:
In case of overdose, see Overdose section. -------- Common: Dizziness, Continue. Call doctor lightheadedness, when convenient. confusion, insomnia, drowsiness, nausea. ------------ Infrequent: >Rash with itching, Discontinue. Call numbness or tingling doctor right away. in hands or feet. >Headache, abdominal Continue. Call doctor pain, diarrhea or when convenient. constipation, appetite loss, muscle weakness, difficult or painful urination, male sex problems, nasal congestion, clumsiness, slurred speech, insomnia. ------------ Rare: >Fainting, weakness, Discontinue. Call hallucinations, doctor right away. depression, chest pain, muscle pain, pounding heartbeat. >Ringing in ears, Continue. Call doctor lowered blood when convenient. pressure, dry mouth, taste disturbance, euphoria, weight gain.

WHAT TO DO:


Possible Adverse Reactions or Side Effects

Before you start, consult your doctor:

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  • If you have cerebral palsy.
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  • If you have had a recent he
  • If you have arthritis.
  • If you have diabetes.
  • If you have epilepsy.
  • If you have psychosis.
  • If you have kidney disease.
  • If you will have surgery wi surgery, requiring general or

Over age 60:

    Adverse reactions and side ef severe than in younger person

Pregnancy:

    Risk to unborn child outweigh

Breast-feeding:

    Avoid nursing or discontinue

Infants & children:

    Not recommended.

Prolonged use:

    Epileptic patients should be should more closely monitor b liver function tests.

Skin & sunlight:

    No problems expected.

Driving, piloting or hazardous work:

    Don't drive or pilot aircraft affects you. Don't work aroun ladders or work in high place alcohol or take medicine affe as antihistamines, tranquiliz narcotics and mind-altering d

Discontinuing:

    Don't discontinue without con gradual reduction if you have of other drugs may also requi

Others:

    No problems expected.

Warnings & Precautions

GENERIC NAME COMBINED EFFECT OR DRUG CLASS

Anesthetics, Increased sedation. Low blood pressure. general* Avoid. Central nervous system Increased sedation. Low blood pressure. (CNS) depressants* Avoid. (antidepressants,* antihistamines,* narcotics,* other muscle relaxants,* sedatives,* sleeping pills,* tranquilizers*) Clozapine Toxic effect on the central nervous system. Ethinamate Dangerous increased effects of ethinamate. Avoid combining. Fluoxetine Increased depressant effects of both drugs. Guanfacine May increase depressant effects of either drug. Insulin or oral Need to adjust diabetes medicine antidiabetic drugs* dosage. Leucovorin High alcohol content of leucovorin may cause adverse effects. Methyprylon Increased sedative effect, perhaps to dangerous level. Avoid. Nabilone Greater depression of the central nervous system. Sertraline Increased depressive effects of both drugs.


Possible Interaction with Other Drugs

INTERACTS WITH COMBINED EFFECT
--------------- ---------------
Alcohol: Increased sedation. Low blood
pressure. Avoid.
Beverages: No problems expected.
Cocaine: Increased spasticity. Avoid.
Foods: No problems expected.
Marijuana: Increased spasticity. Avoid.
Tobacco: May interfere with absorption of
medicine.

Possible Interaction with Other Substances


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