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baclofen (cont.)

What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before taking baclofen (Lioresal)?

You should not use baclofen if you are allergic to it.

To make sure you can safely take baclofen, tell your doctor if you have any of these other conditions:

Using baclofen may increase your risk of developing an ovarian cyst. Talk with your doctor about your specific risk.

FDA pregnancy category C. It is not known whether baclofen will harm an unborn baby. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant while using this medication.

It is not known whether baclofen passes into breast milk or if it could harm a nursing baby. You should not breast-feed while you are using baclofen.

Do not give this medication to a child younger than 12 years old.

Older adults may be more sensitive to the effects of this medicine.

How should I take baclofen (Lioresal)?

Take exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Do not take in larger or smaller amounts or for longer than recommended. Follow the directions on your prescription label.

Your doctor may occasionally change your dose to make sure you get the best results.

Call your doctor if your muscle symptoms do not improve after 2 weeks of taking this medication.

Do not stop taking this medication without first talking to your doctor. You may have withdrawal symptoms such as seizures or hallucinations, when you stop using baclofen after using it over a long period of time. You may need to use less and less before you stop the medication completely.

Store at room temperature away from moisture and heat.

Report Problems to the Food and Drug Administration

You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit the FDA MedWatch website or call 1-800-FDA-1088.

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