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Baclofen - Indications, Dosage, Side Effects and Precautions

Last Updated on Mar 04, 2011
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Information about Baclofen

Generic Name : Baclofen
Pronunciation : bak' loe fen
Latest prescription information about Baclofen. Learn how to pronounce the drug's name, its indications, dosage, how to take, when to take, when not to take, side effects, special precautions, warnings and its storage instructions . Also listed are the International and Indian trade name(s) of the drug and its price list.
ICD Code : Y55.1 | Therapeutic Classification : Skeletal Muscle Relaxants
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Trade Names/Brand Names of Baclofen

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Why is Baclofen Prescribed? (Indications)

This medication is a derivative of gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA), prescribed for severe chronic spasticity. It also relieves pain and improves muscle movement.
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When should Baclofen not be taken? (Contraindications)

Contraindicated in patients with peptic ulcer and hypersensitivity.

What is the dosage of Baclofen?

The recommended dose is 5 mg three times a day for 3 days 10 mg three times a day for 3 days 15 mg three times a day for 3 days 20 mg three times a day for 3 days. It may be increased if needed.

How should Baclofen be taken?

It comes as a tablet to take by mouth, with food.

What are the warnings and precautions for Baclofen?

• Caution should be exercised in patients with history of kidney disease, epilepsy, ulcers, stroke, rheumatic disease, cerebral palsy, Parkinson's disease, psychiatric condition, any allergy, who are taking other medications, elderly, children, pregnancy and breastfeeding.

It may cause drowsiness, do not drive a car or operate machinery while taking this medication.

What are the side effects of Baclofen?

   Most Common : Drowsiness.
   Central Nervous System : Sedation, unsteadiness, dizziness, headache, confusion and hallucinations.
   Gastrointestinal : Stomach upset, nausea, constipation, dry mouth, loss of appetite, taste disorder, abdominal pain, vomiting and diarrhea.
   Heart : Low blood pressure, difficulty in breathing, palpitation, chest pain and fainting.
   Genitourinary : Urinary frequency and bedwetting.
   Miscellaneous : Rash, itching, ankle swelling, excessive perspiration, weight gain and nasal congestion.

What are the other precautions for Baclofen?

Avoid alcohol consumption.
Avoid excess dosage.

What are the storage conditions for Baclofen?

Store it at room temperature (25C), and in an airtight container.



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