Lioresal is a popular antispastic agent and a muscle relaxer that is also generically known under the name of Baclofen. This medicine is widely used in the treatment of several unpleasant muscle symptoms (such as pain, spasm and stiffness), that might be triggered by several muscle disorders such as multiple sclerosis.
Lioresal is a medicine that is usually prescribed to patients who are experiencing some of multiple sclerosis’ unpleasant symptoms (muscle pain, stiffness and spasm). However, this medicine could also be prescribed to treat or to prevent some other medical conditions (disorders) that have not been mentioned in this guide.
A treatment with Lioresal is known to sometimes cause some side effects that could impair your reactions and your thinking. Therefore, during your intake of this drug, you should be careful while driving or performing any other hazardous activities (that are known to require physical or mental alertness). You should avoid drinking alcoholic beverages during your treatment with Baclofen, because alcohol may increase some of this medicine’s side effects. You must not take this medicine when you need to assure safe movement or balance and a proper muscle tone.
Patients who have followed a treatment with this drug have experienced withdrawal symptoms for example hallucinations or seizures, especially when they have stopped a prolonged treatment with Lioresal. You must not stop taking this medicine without your physician’s approval. It is recommended that your dose of Baclofen should be gradually diminished until you can completely stop your intake of this medicine.
You must not start following a treatment with this drug if you are suffering from a known allergic reaction to this medicine or to any of its main ingredients. Before you start taking Lioresal, you should alert your personal physician if you have any allergic reactions to foods, dyes, preservatives, other drugs or any other type of substances or if you have:
If you are suffering from any of these medical conditions, you might not be allowed to take Lioresal, or you might have to take in a lower dose of this medicine. Lioresal is a category C FDA pregnancy drug. Therefore, a treatment with this medicine during pregnancy could harm a growing fetus. If you are pregnant, or if you plan to be so soon, you should ask for your physician’s approval before you start taking this drug. It has not been clearly determined whether this medicine’s main ingredients are able to pass into breastmilk. However, you should ask for your physician’s consent before you take this drug if you are breastfeeding an infant. Elderly patients are known to be more prone to experiencing this medicine’s side effects. Avoid giving this medicine to a child under the age of 12.
Lioresal Intake Guidelines
Follow each and every one of the advices that your doctor has given you regarding your treatment with Lioresal (do not disobey any of them). If you have any further questions you should ask your doctor, a pharmacist or a nurse. You should read the instructions that are written on the drug’s label for further information regarding Baclofen. You may take this medicine either on a full or on an empty stomach, because this drug is not supposed to cause stomach upset. If your symptoms have not improved after 2 weeks of taking this drug, you should alert your personal physician as soon as you can.
Some patients who have taken Lioresal have experienced some withdrawal symptoms for example hallucinations or seizures, especially when they have stopped a prolonged treatment with this medicine. You should not stop taking this drug without your physician’s consent. In some cases, the patients are prescribed gradually diminished doses of this medicine before they completely stop taking it. Store this drug away from heat and moisture, at the average room temperature.
Ask your doctor to calculate the dose of Lioresal that should suit you best. The correct dosage varies from one patient to another, as it depends on a couple of factors (among them: age, body weight, the disorder’s severity, etc). Do not change the dose that you have been prescribed without first consulting it with your personal physician.
The symptoms of an overdose with Lioresal should include vomiting, muscle weakness, drowsiness, shallow or weak breathing, pinpoint or dilated pupils, coma or fainting. If you suspect that you might be suffering from an overdose with this drug you should seek immediate medical care (contact your local poison control center, inform your personal physician).
Lioresal Missed Dose
This drug should be taken in or on a regular basis (preferably at the same time each day). If you are following a treatment with Lioresal, you must try not to miss any of your doses. If you happen to miss one, it is advised that you should take it as soon as you recall. If it is time for another dose, skip the one that you have missed and proceed with your regular treatment.
Lioresal Side Effects
Alert your physician if you are experiencing allergic reactions: hives; breathing difficulties; swelling of your face, tongue, lips, or throat. Stop your treatment with Lioresal if you have these severe side effects:
Alert your physician if you have these more common and less dangerous side effects:
Other side effects may also occur when you take Lioresal. Alert your physician immediately if you experience anything abnormal while taking this drug.
Lioresal Drug Reactions
If you have to follow a treatment with another drug (apart from Lioresal) it is recommended that you should ask for your doctor’s consent to do so.
In some countries LIORESAL may also be known as: Baclofen, Baclodox, Baclo, Clofen, Stelax, Nu-Baclo, Pacifen, Onelaxant-R, Fenisal, Liobac, Lyflex, Kemstro