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What Is the Drug Baclofen Used For?

Baclofen (Lioresal®, Gablofen®) is a prescription medication used to treat spasticity. Specifically, the tablet form is approved to treat spasticity due to multiple sclerosis (MS) or spinal cord injury or disease. The injectable form (which delivers the medication directly to the spinal cord using a pump) is approved to treat severe spasticity due to various causes, including MS, spinal cord injury or disease, or cerebral palsy.
On occasion, your healthcare provider may recommend baclofen for treating something other than the conditions listed in this article. This is called an "off-label" use. Some off-label baclofen uses may include treating the following conditions:
  • Cerebral palsy (only the intrathecal injection, not the tablet form, is approved for this use)
  • Chronic hiccups
  • Cluster headaches
  • Alcoholism or other addictions
  • Bladder spasms
  • Trigeminal neuralgia
  • Huntington's chorea.
(Click What Is Baclofen Used For? for more information. This article describes how this medication works, additional off-label uses, and whether it is safe for use in children.)
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