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Baclofen is licensed for the treatment of spasticity. Specifically, this prescription medication is used to treat spasticity caused by conditions such as multiple sclerosis, spinal cord injury or disease, or cerebral palsy. It comes in two different forms: a tablet or an intrathecal injection (which directly administers the medication to the spinal cord via a pump). Side effects may include weakness, drowsiness, and dizziness.

What Is Baclofen?

Baclofen (Lioresal®, Gablofen®) is a prescription medication approved to treat spasticity. The tablet form is approved for treating spasticity due to multiple sclerosis (MS) or spinal cord injuries or diseases. The injectable version (which is used in a pump that delivers the medication directly to the spinal cord) is approved to treat severe spasticity due to various causes, including MS, spinal cord injuries or diseases, or cerebral palsy.
(Click What Is Baclofen Used For? for more information, including possible off-label uses.)

Are There Side Effects?

Just like any medicine, baclofen can cause side effects. However, not everyone who takes the drug will experience problems. Some people tolerate it quite well. If side effects do occur, in most cases, they are minor and either require no treatment or are easily treated by you or your healthcare provider. Serious side effects are less common.
Common side effects of baclofen include but are not limited to:
  • Drowsiness
  • Dizziness
  • Weakness
  • Low muscle tone.
(Click Baclofen Side Effects to learn more, including potentially serious side effects you should report immediately to your healthcare provider.)
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