Spasticity is a very common symptom of the disorders of thecentral nervous system and its main characteristic is the alteration in the skeletalmuscle performance resulting in frequent and continual muscle contraction. Spasticitymay be a consequence of an injury or a disease of spinal cord or brain, cerebralpalsy, or multiple sclerosis, and besides in moving, it can cause seriousconsequences in speaking as well. When it comes to the pharmacologicaltreatment of these problems, baclofen is one of the approved medicines and itcan be found in a form of a tablet or injection. Having in mind the severity ofthe conditions for the treatment of which it is used, it has to be prescribedby the doctor and should not be used without a prescription. On the otherside, besides the cases of pregnant or breastfeeding patients, the doctor shouldbe extra careful when deciding on the use of this medicine and its doses in thecases of patients who have some kidney problems, any kind of a mental illnessor epilepsy, allergy, or history of astroke.
Just like it is the case with the greatest majority of othermedicines, it is not safe to combine this one with certain others, especiallywith antidepressants, antipsychotics, barbiturates, sedatives, other musclerelaxants, medications for sleep and narcotics. The interaction thus caused,may result in drowsiness, dizziness, and other much more severe problems, so,unless necessary and approved by the doctor, and unless the doses are adjusted,these combinations should not be made. It is also important to notice thatsudden quitting on this medicine may lead to the experience of the symptoms ofwithdrawal, which is why people who use it should notify their doctor about anyside effects, and before they decide to stop taking them, they should consultthe professional.
It is a fact that this medicine usually does not causeserious side effects, and the cases in which the serious ones have been experiencedare extremely rare. The majority of the possible side effects does not requiremedical attention and usually goes off by itself, and some of such symptoms areheadaches, insomnia, constipation, low blood pressure, nausea, and sleepiness. Evenrarer are ringing in the ears, loss of appetite, changes in the vision, tasteand weight, erectile disfunction and ejaculation inability, or even kidneystones. However, none of these side effects has to be experienced.