About Lioresal: Lioresal (Baclofen) – 25mg is an antispastic drug and a muscle relaxer. It is used to treat symptoms of multiple sclerosis. Patients with multiple sclerosis can experience painful spasms and muscle stiffness. This is caused by an overload of communication where the nerves send too many messages to the brain resulting in painful involuntary spasms. Lioresal (Baclofen) is a gamma aminobutyric acid (GABA)-B receptor which works by reducing the number of messages being transmitted between nerves. People who have muscle spasms or have suffered injury or disease to the spinal cord can benefit from taking Lioresal.
How to use Lioresal
This medicine is taken orally by swallowing. Each tablet contains 125mg of the active agent baclofen. It is a prescription drug, and you should follow the doctor’s instructions. The usual dosage is taking one tablet three times a day although the doctor can change this to get the best results. Take all the medicine prescribed to avoid the risk of getting seizures and hallucinations from discontinuing use. Lioresal (Baclofen) tablets can be taken with or without food.
Lioresal (Baclofen) is administered in small doses when treatment starts and the dose is slowly increased until it becomes effective. Normal dosage is one 125mg pill every 8 hours. If you miss a dose, take the medicine as soon as you remember, or you can forego it if it’s already time for your next dose. Do not take larger amounts than prescribed to cover for a missed dose as this can cause side effects. Call the doctor if your symptoms do not improve.
Lioresal Side Effects
This antispastic drug has some unwanted side effects. Not all these side effects will occur, but you can expect drowsiness, fatigue/ weakness, dizziness, headache, difficulty in sleeping, constipation, frequent urination and nausea. Other less common side effects include fainting, chest pain, itching or skin rash, depression and mood imbalances, ringing in the ears, dark urine and hallucinations. Consult your doctor if you experience any side effects. Life-threatening side effects like fainting and chest pain can require emergency healthcare.
Tell your doctor if you have any allergy to baclofen, other inactive substances in Lioresal or similar drugs, i.e., muscle relaxers. If you experience any signs of allergy like hives and swelling, inform your doctor immediately. Lioresal can interact with other drugs, and you should notify the doctor of any medication you are taking as well as any previous medical history. Interaction with some drugs can slow down your breathing which can lead to dangerous complications or even death. This drug can cause impaired thinking, and one should be careful if driving or operating heavy machinery.