Lioresal or the generic called Baclofen is an oral medication prescribed to help control muscle pain, cramping, muscle tightness, and spasms caused by multiple sclerosis (MS) and other spinal cord injuries or diseases. This is not a cure for MS or certain other spinal cord problems, but you can benefit from the relief of your symptoms so you are able to take part in physical therapy and other treatments. The generic alternative is not manufactured by the company that makes the brand product.
Lioresal is similar to a neurotransmitter found in your body called GABA (gamma aminobutyric acid) that allows information to pass between nerves. When taken as directed, Lioresal inhibits the incorrect information and responses that are being sent between nerves in the part of your brain that’s in charge of your skeletal muscles, which allows a reduction in the spasms and more relaxed muscles.
Multiple sclerosis (MS) is an autoimmune disease that has causes your own body’s defense mechanism to attack itself. In this case, your myelin is destroyed. Myelin lines your nerve fibers to shield and insulate neurons and helps to rapidly transmit electrical currents carrying information between nerve cells. Without this insulation there is an interruption of the nerve impulses that can cause spastic movements and an inability to control your muscles effectively.
This chronic and progressive disease can cause you to have trouble walking, balancing, numb feet, and fatigue. It is thought that multiple sclerosis may be a result of genetic and environmental factors and signs can begin to appear between the ages of 20 and 45. Many MS patients undergo therapy to help with spasticity in their legs and taking Lioresal can make a difference in your mobility. Baclofen generic or brand is not a cure for MS, but it will improve your ability to move more easily with the relaxation of your muscles and the consequent relief from pain.
One of the side effects that may be experienced when you take Lioresal is drowsiness. That is why you must inform your doctor if you are taking any other drugs which have the same side effect. These can include antihistamines, other muscle relaxants, narcotic pain relievers and anti-seizure medications. Discuss other medical conditions you have or are being treated for to be certain there will be no interference with taking Lioresal.
Do not stop taking Lioresal or generic Baclofen without consulting your doctor first as some conditions may become worse when this drug is suddenly stopped. Ask your doctor if Lioresal may be harmful to take if you are pregnant, may become pregnant, or are breast feeding.