Baclosign 10mg is a prescription medicine that is available under multiple brand names. It is classified as a skeletal muscle relaxant that acts as an antispastic agent. It is often prescribed to alleviate symptoms of neurological disorders, helping the muscles to relax and reducing muscle spasms. Baclofen may also aid mobility in patients with severe muscle stiffness, and make it less painful to move. It can be used by children and adults.
How Baclofen Works
Baclofen is an active ingredient that is chemically related to diazepam, and binds to the same GABA receptors in the body. Baclofen works by slowing down the release of excitatory neurotransmitters to reduce communications between the brain and the body. This can mean that the signals sent from the brain instructing the muscles to become tense or to spasm don’t arrive, helping the body to remain in a relaxed state.
Baclofen is often prescribed to treat:
- Muscle tenseness due to motor system disorders
- Symptoms of Dystonia and other neurological movement disorders
- MS-related muscle stiffness
- Muscle spasms caused by cerebral palsy
- Muscle stiffness due to spinal cord injuries
It is important to take Baclofen as advised by the prescribing doctor. Baclofen is usually administered at a low starting dose of 10mg, increasing gradually to achieve the desired effect up to a maximum of 100mg per day. Baclofen is best taken around one hour prior to undertaking activities such as washing, dressing, shaving, or going out.
Baclofen Side Effects
Baclofen is generally considered to be safe when taken as prescribed. However, as with many medications, some patients may experience mild side effects, including:
- Tiredness & fatigue
- Dry mouth
- Gastrointestinal discomfort
- Muscle weakness
- Disturbed sleep
- Visual disturbances
- Low blood pressure
Side effects may be more likely to occur if the dosage is increased too rapidly.
It is important for patients to read the patient information leaflet in the packaging for a full list of possible side effects from taking Baclofen. Side effects may be more severe at first, easing as the body adjusts to the medication. Always consult with the prescribing doctor if side effects persist. If experiencing difficulty breathing, call 999 immediately.
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