What is Pacifen (Baclofen) used for?
Pacifen (Baclofen) is an oral muscle relaxer prescribed to treat patients suffering muscle spasms or stiff muscles caused by multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy, or tumors affecting the spinal cord. The medication operates by relaxing the muscles to allow easier and more comfortable movement. This action may also makes it useful for similar conditions following a stroke, a head injury, or motor neurone disease. Your physician may prescribe it for other unlisted conditions, as well.
How should I use Pacifen (Baclofen)?
Pacifen (Baclofen) should be used according to your physician's instructions to get the most effective results from treatment. The normal dosage is one tablet taken three times daily, but your individual instructions will depend on your current health, the condition being treated, and the severity of your symptoms. Swallow the doses whole and unaltered with a large glass of water. They may be taken with or without food, but a meal or snack is recommended before use if you experience nausea. Never chew, split, or crush the tablets before use as this may destroy or change the effects of their contents. Ask your physician any questions you have about the medication to ensure the correct administration.
What are the side effects of Pacifen (Baclofen)?
The use of Pacifen (Baclofen) may cause side effects in some patients such as:
More serious side effects that may occur include an irregular heartbeat, hallucinations, severe confusion, or seizures. These conditions may require lower doses, reduced administration frequency, or immediate medical attention in severe cases.
Do not begin using Pacifen (Baclofen) if you have an active peptic ulcer. Also inform your physician if you are elderly or if you have bipolar disorder, Parkinson's disease, history of peptic ulcers, schizophrenia, diabetes, epilepsy, chronic confusion, a history of depression, urinary retention, respiratory disease, decreased kidney function, or decreased liver function. These conditions may cause unexpected problems requiring reduced dosages or application frequency.
Strictly follow all instructions provided to you by your physician or pharmacist while using Pacifen (Baclofen). Optimum and safe dosage can differ based on the patient and the condition being treated.
As this medication may be unsafe for certain patients, it is essential you always inform your physician if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, as well as if you have any allergies, other illnesses, or ongoing health conditions, and if you are taking any other form of medication, supplements, or herbal products.
Immediately seek emergency medical care if you have an allergic or hypersensitive reaction. Common signs of a reaction include hives, swelling, skin rashes, chest pains, as well as trouble breathing or swallowing.