Thursday, July 13, 2006
Back to business! Baclofen! Can it get rid of the wobbly legs?
Name:Baclofen

Description:Baclofen acts on the central nervous system to relieve spasms, cramping, and tightness of muscles caused by spasticity in multiple sclerosis. Use in U.S and Canada but having difficulty finding info in the UK!

Proper Usage:People with MS are usually started on an initial dose of 5 mg every six to eight hours. If necessary, the amount is increased by 5 mg per dose every five days until symptoms improve. The goal of treatment is to find a dosage level that relieves spasticity without causing excessive weakness or fatigue. The effective dose may vary from 15 mg to 160 mg per day or more.

Precautions
If you are taking more than 30 mg daily, do not stop taking this medication suddenly. Stopping high doses of this medication abruptly can cause convulsions, hallucinations, increases in muscle spasms or cramping, mental changes, or unusual nervousness or restlessness. Consult your physician about how to reduce the dosage gradually before stopping the medication completely.
This drug adds to the effects of alcohol and other CNS depressants (such as antihistamines, sedatives, tranquilizers, prescription pain medications, seizure medications, other muscle relaxants), possibly causing drowsiness(whoopy!). Be sure that your physician knows if you are taking these or other medications.
Studies of birth defects with baclofen have not been done with humans. Studies in animals have shown that baclofen, when given in doses several times higher than the amount given to humans, increases the chance of hernias, incomplete or slow development of bones in the fetus, and lower birth weight.
Baclofen passes into the breast milk of nursing mothers but has not been reported to cause problems in nursing infants.

Possible Side Effects:Side effects that typically go away as your body adjusts to the medication and do not require medical attention unless they continue for several weeks or are bothersome: drowsiness or unusual tiredness*; increased weakness*; dizziness or lightheadedness; confusion; unusual constipation*; new or unusual bladder symptoms*; trouble sleeping; unusual unsteadiness or clumsiness*.

Unusual side effects that require immediate medical attention: fainting; hallucinations; severe mood changes; skin rash or itching.
Symptoms of overdose: sudden onset of blurred or double vision*; convulsions; shortness of breath or troubled breathing; vomiting.
*Since it may be difficult to distinguish between certain common symptoms of MS and some side effects of baclofen, be sure to consult your health care professional if an abrupt change of this type occurs.

(Details taken from the ms society USA)
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There is so many drugs to come. Please send me an email with what drugs you are getting and I will look into it. It will help others honest! I am getting replies every day with these. Lets kick some ms ass!

Hope you are all well!
Dave
posted by personallog! @ 11:30 am  
1 Comments:
  • At 9:07 pm, Blogger Jaime said…

    This is all great info....keep up the good work! I take Baclofen up to 3x a day and it does seem to help me. I had side effects at first (mainly dizziness and lightheadedness) but seem to do just fine now! Did you see there is a NMSS study starting on pot smoking with MS? Supposedly works similar to that of meds like Baclofen....should be interesting to see the results!

    I hope you are well. Take care of yourself!

    Jaime

     
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