Brand Name(s): Lioresal, Gablofen, Kemstro
Drug Class: Antispastic Drug
Baclofen is a drug used in the treatment of muscle spasticity. It is also currently undergoing research as a potential treatment for those with alcoholism. The drug works by augmenting a receptor known as the GABA B receptor. Baclofen, in essence, enhances the function of this receptor. As a result, muscle spasticity is reduced. Even though it is licensed for use in spastic disorders, baclofen cannot be prescribed for those with neurodegenerative conditions such as Parkinson's disease. Patients may experience severe withdrawal syndrome on discontinuation of this drug, irrespective of whether the dose is low or high.
Baclofen is a prescription drug that is indicated for the treatment of muscle spasms cause by certain diseases such as multiple sclerosis and spinal cord injury. Baclofen belongs to a class of medicines known as antispastic agents. Baclofen works by helping the muscles relax.
Baclofen is taken with or without food as directed by the doctor, usually three times every 24 hours. To lower the possibility of side effects, start using Baclofen at a low dose and increase it gradually.
Note that it may take two months or longer to realize the full benefits of Baclofen. Talk your physician if your condition does not improve or aggravates.