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Lioresal

Lioresal is often considered the drug of choice for patients who suffer from moderate to severe muscle spasms. The main component present in this medication is Baclofen. It works by relaxing the muscles and therefore, is found to be very effective in more ways than one. It is also quite effective in treating various types and forms of facial nerve pain.

Uses

It works on various types of neurological related pains, which could also be very difficult to handle and could partially or completely debilitate a person. Hence, Lioresal is often the drug of choice, when it comes to treating various types and forms of muscle spasms.

It is a very effective antispastic agent. Lioresal is a muscle relaxant which helps to bring down the severity and frequency of muscle spasms, which occur because of various types of neurological disorders. Therefore, it is very commonly used for patients suffering from multiple sclerosis.

Dosage

Lioresal drug comes in various strengths ranging from 5 mg to 20 mg. The strength which should be prescribed will have to be decided by the doctor, depending on the sort of pain and its severity. The usual dosage is thrice a day, irrespective of the strength at which it is prescribed.

Doctors usually start on a lower dosage and scale it upward to reach the maximum limit of 20 mg. However, the 20 mg limit is reached only when the pain is very severe and does not offer relief, at lower doses. In rare occasions, the dosage can also be increased to 80 mg, in 24 hours.

Missing a dose and Overdose

In case a dose is missed, take Lioresal drug as soon as you remember to do so without increasing or doubling the dose, which may be skipped altogether if it is time for the next scheduled dose.

Lioresal overdose symptoms may be drowsiness, dizziness, seizures, troubled breathing, and coma among others. Get emergency medical assistance in case of suspected overdose.

Side effects

Lioresal use can cause certain side effects to occur. Some of these symptoms are common and go away without requiring any treatment. More severe or persistent symptoms have to be treated without any delay by seeking emergency help. Common side effects may be:

  • Muscle weakness
  • Headache
  • Fatigue
  • Drowsiness
  • Dizziness
  • Diarrhea
  • Vomiting
  • Nausea
  • Back pain
  • Constipation

Severe adverse effects may be:

  • Allergic reactions
  • Having unusual thoughts or movements
  • Unusual fatigue or weakness
  • Swelling in the hands or feet
  • Trouble with speech
  • Shortness of breath
  • Muscle stiffness or spasms that may be new or worsening of existing symptoms
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Mood disorders
  • Persistent headache
  • Hallucinations
  • Loss of muscle tone
  • Chest pain
  • Trouble with urination
  • Vision problems

Relative Contraindications

Use Lioresal by keeping in mind the important safety information. Women who become pregnant or wish to breast-feed while taking this drug should check with the doctor immediately. Discontinuing this medication suddenly without tapering the dose can result in withdrawal symptoms.

Avoid taking Lioresal drug if you are allergic to the active ingredient Baclofen. Inform the doctor of any existing health conditions like history of illness in the nervous system and any kind of depressive mood disorder.

Always consult with the healthcare provider regarding using any type of drugs simultaneously, especially those that cause drowsiness and also alcohol as it can cause the blood pressure to drop.

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