What is Lioresal (Baclofen) used for?
Lioresal (Baclofen) is an oral muscle relaxant used to treat muscle stiffness and tension caused by stroke, cerebral palsy, multiple sclerosis, or a tumour affecting the spinal cord. The medication operates by relaxing the muscles to reduce stiffness allowing easier and more comfortable movements. Your doctor may also prescribe its use for the treatment of other unlisted conditions.
How should I use Lioresal (Baclofen)?
Lioresal (Baclofen) is normally prescribed to be taken three times each day at a dosage of one tablet, but your individual directions will be determined by your doctor based on your age, weight, current health, the condition being treated, and the severity of your symptoms. These should be swallowed with a large glass of water and may be taken with or without food, although a meal or snack is recommended prior to use if you get an upset stomach. Avoid splitting or crushing the tablet prior to use as this may destroy or alter the effects of their contents. Ask your pharmacist or doctor any questions you have about the medicine to ensure the correct usage.
What are the side effects of Lioresal (Baclofen)?
The use of Lioresal (Baclofen) may cause side effects in some patients including:
Stop using the medicine and inform your doctor if you experience any serious side effects such as confusion, irregular heartbeats, hallucinations, or seizures. These conditions may require lower doses, reduced application frequency, or emergency medical attention in some cases to prevent more health problems from occurring.
Lioresal (Baclofen) should not be administered to patients who are pregnant, breastfeeding, or who have an active peptic ulcer. Also inform your doctor if you have diabetes, strokes, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, Parkinson`s disease, epilepsy, psychotic disorders, urinary retention, respiratory disease, decreased kidney function, or reduced liver function. These conditions may cause unexpected health problems requiring alterations to your treatment.
Strictly use Lioresal (Baclofen) as prescribed and follow all instructions provided by your doctor. Safe, suitable, and optimum dosage can vary and is dependent on the patient`s health and medical history, as well as the condition you are treating.
Lioresal (Baclofen) may not be safe or suitable for all patients. Always ensure your doctor is informed if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, using any other type of medication (including non-prescription medicine, vitamins, and supplements), as well as if you have any allergies, other illnesses, or pre-existing medication conditions.
Seek immediate medical attention or proceed to your nearest accident and emergency department if you suffer a hypersensitive or allergic reaction. Symptoms usually present during a reaction of this nature include difficulty breathing or swallowing, swelling of the limbs or face, tight chest, hives, and skin rashes.