Medicines & Supplements A to Z > Baclofen
Last updated on July 12, 2019.
GENERIC NAME: Baclofen
CHINESE NAME: 貝可芬
COMMON BRANDS IN HONG KONG: Lioresal, Stelax
What is Baclofen for?
Baclofen is a muscle relaxant that works by suppressing the transmission of certain messages between nerve cells. It can therefore be used for relieving pain of muscle spasms including chronic severe spasticity. Baclofen may also be used for the treatment of gastroesophageal reflux (GERD), intractable hiccups, and trigeminal neuralgia.
How to use it?
Baclofen can be taken by mouth as tablets or by intrathecal injection.
If you are taking it for relieving pain of muscle spasm, you should take 5-10 mg 3 times daily.
If you are taking it for treating chronic severe spasticity, you should start with 5 mg 3 times daily and gradually increase up to a maintenance dose of 60 mg daily in divided doses. Your doctor will review the treatment if no benefit is observed in 6 weeks on the maximum dose, which is 100 mg daily.
If you are taking it for relieving hiccups due to gastric distension, you should take 5 mg twice daily.
For the doses administered by intrathecal injection, your doctor will adjust them according to your condition and response.
What are the side effects of Baclofen?
Common side effects of Baclofen include confusion, dizziness, drowsiness, and dry mouth, hallucination. Baclofen should not be stopped abruptly since this may cause seizures and hallucinations.
Where to buy Baclofen in Hong Kong?
In Hong Kong, Baclofen is a prescription only medicine, and requires a prescription from a doctor to be purchased in a pharmacy. It can also be obtained from doctors. To find a pharmacy near you, refer to the list of pharmacies (“Authorized Sellers of Poisons”) from the Hong Kong Department of Health.
For more information about drug names and ingredients, you can visit Hong Kong’s Drug Office at http://www.drugoffice.gov.hk
For detailed information about the use of Baclofen in children, pregnancy and breastfeeding, and for questions about drug interactions, please check with your pharmacist or doctor.
Disclaimer: our goal is to provide you with the most relevant drug information and common dosage for Hong Kong. This information does not constitute medical advice. For specific treatment recommendations and advice, always discuss with your doctor or pharmacist, and follow the instructions included with your specific medicine.