Lioresal (baclofen)

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Lioresal {Novartis}

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baclofen, pronounced BAK loe fen

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The information contained in this drug guide is intended as an educational resource only. This guide is not exhaustive and does not contain all available information about this drug.This guide is not intended as medical advice for individual conditions or treatment.

The information provided in this guide does not replace the need for the advice and services of medical professionals or the need for medical examination. Always talk to your physician or pharmacist before taking any prescription medication or over the counter drugs (including any supplements) or before making any changes to your treatment. Only your doctor, nurse or pharmacist can provide you with safe and effective advice regarding your drug treatment.

The use of the information in this guide is at your sole risk. This information is provided "AS IS" with no warranties to accuracy or timeliness.

**All trademarks and registered trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

 

What is Lioresal?

Lioresal is a medication that is a muscle relaxant and an antispastic treatment. You may be prescribed Lioresal to treat muscle symptoms like spasms, pain and stiffness caused by multiple sclerosis.

Lioresal may also be used for other purposes that not listed in this medication guide.

 

Key Facts About Lioresal

Lioresal is in FDA pregnancy C. Lioresal is not expected to be harmful to an unborn baby, but you should tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant. We do not know if Lioresal passes into breast milk or if it could harm a nursing baby. You should not breast-feed while taking Lioresal.

Lioresal should not be given to anyone under the age of twelve (12).

There is a small increased risk of developing an ovarian cyst while you are taking Lioresal. Talk to your doctor about any concerns you might have about taking this medication and your individual risk factors for an ovarian cyst.

You should be aware that drinking alcohol may increase the effects of Lioresal, so you should not drink while taking this medication.

Lioresal may impair your thinking and reaction time. Be careful when driving or doing anything that requires you to be alert, especially when you first start taking Lioresal.

You should not use this medication if you need to use muscle tone for an activity requiring safe balance or movements.

Do not suddenly stop taking this medication, as you may experience hallucinations or seizures. Talk to your doctor if you wish to stop taking Lioresal and he or she will taper you off this medication gradually.

 

Before You Take Lioresal

If you are allergic to baclofen you should not take Lioresal.

You should not take Lioresal if you have recently had a stroke, or if you have a history of a stroke or blood clots.

Do not take Lioresal you have kidney disease or liver disease.

 

Lioresal Drug Interactions

You should inform your doctor if you are taking any of the following:

  • acetaminophen/propoxyphene (Balacet, Darvocet)
  • aspirin/caffeine/propoxyphene (Darvon Compound, PC-CAP)
  • propoxyphene (PP-CAP)
  • sodium oxybate (Xyrem)

Other drugs you take that are not listed may interact with Lioresal. You should tell your doctor about all of the medications you use. This includes prescription drugs, vitamins, supplements and herbal products, and over the counter medications. You should not begin taking a new medication without telling your doctor first.

 

Directions for Taking Lioresal

Lioresal is usually prescribed as a medication to take with or without food. You should take Lioresal exactly as it is prescribed by your doctor. Your doctor may change your dose to make sure you get the best results from Lioresal. You should follow the instructions on your prescription label and not take Lioresal for longer than recommended by your doctor, or in larger or smaller doses.

Lioresal may take some time to work. Contact your doctor if you do not notice any improvement in your symptoms within two weeks.

You should not suddenly stop taking this medication, as you may experience hallucinations or seizures. Talk to your doctor if you wish to stop taking Lioresal and he or she will taper you off this medication gradually.

Lioresal needs to be stored at room temperature, and away from light, moisture and heat.

If you miss a dose of Lioresal you should attempt to take the missed dose as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for your next scheduled dose do not take the missed dose in addition to your regular dose.

 

Lioresal Side Effects

If you experience any of the following adverse effects you should stop taking Lioresal and seek emergency medical help immediately:

  • allergic reaction signs, like breathing difficulties, hives and swelling of your face, lips, throat or tongue
  • confusion
  • hallucinations
  • seizures or convulsions
  • uneven heartbeats

Less serious Lioresal side effects may include:

  • constipation
  • dizziness
  • drowsiness
  • exhaustion
  • gas
  • headache
  • insomnia
  • nausea
  • urinating more often than normal
  • weakness

It should be noted that this is not a complete list of possible side effects of Lioresal. You should contact your physician for a complete list and medical advice regarding these effects.

 

Lioresal Description and Dosing

Lioresal is available in 10 mg and 20 mg tablets. The 10 mg tablets are oval, white, scored and imprinted Lioresal on one side and 10 twice on the scored side. The 20 mg tablets are capsule – shaped, white, scored and imprinted Lioresal on one side and 20 twice on the scored side.

Lioresal is dosed based on individual conditions and situations. Your doctor will prescribe a dose for you that is best for treating your particular injury or condition. You should not attempt to alter or change your dose without your physician’s consent.

If you suspect that you have overdosed with Lioresal you should seek emergency help immediately.

 

Ingredients in Lioresal

The primary active ingredient in Lioresal is baclofen. Inactive ingredients include cellulose compounds, magnesium stearate, povidone, and starch.

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Disclaimer

The information contained in this drug guide is intended as an educational resource only. This guide is not exhaustive and does not contain all available information about this drug.This guide is not intended as medical advice for individual conditions or treatment.

The information provided in this guide does not replace the need for the advice and services of medical professionals or the need for medical examination. Always talk to your physician or pharmacist before taking any prescription medication or over the counter drugs (including any supplements) or before making any changes to your treatment. Only your doctor, nurse or pharmacist can provide you with safe and effective advice regarding your drug treatment.

The use of the information in this guide is at your sole risk. This information is provided "AS IS" with no warranties to accuracy or timeliness.

**All trademarks and registered trademarks are the property of their respective owners.