Miorel (baclofen) is a muscle relaxer and an antispastic agent. It belongs to a class of drugs called muscle relaxants and works in the brain to relax muscles. It is used to relieve muscle spasms or excess tension associated with disorders such as multiple sclerosis and diseases and injuries of the spinal cord, including spasm, pain and stiffness. Multiple sclerosis is a disease associated with loss of conducting layers (myelin) of nerves in the brain and spinal cord which causes a number of neurological problems. Spinal cord disease on the other hand can result from trauma, infections, degeneration or tumors which interfere with muscle and bladder function. In these conditions Miorel medication relieves muscle tension and pain and can help increase your mobility and ability to perform daily activities. Baclofen drug does not cure these problems, but it may allow other treatment, such as physical therapy, to be more helpful in improving your condition.
Baclofen, the substance in Miorel, acts on the spinal cord nerves and decreases the number and severity of muscle spasms caused by multiple sclerosis or spinal cord diseases. Decreasing spasms helps reduce pain and stiffness, improves your ability to move around and lets you do more of your daily activities. This inhibits the release of excitatory agents that are involved in muscle contraction and spasm. Hence, Miorel 10mg reduces painful spasm in the aforementioned conditions. Relaxed muscles increase mobility and make it somewhat easier to participate in physical therapy programs that are designed to improve the underlying condition. Miorel medicine also relieves pain and improves muscle movement.
Miorel baclofen is a medication that helps with cramps and abnormally increased tone. It works on GABA receptors in the spinal cord and in the cerebellum. Baclofen is similar to benzodiazepines in terms of effectiveness, but baclofen works mostly in the spinal cord and not as much in the brain. Since baclofen does not work as much in the brain, there tend to be fewer side effects compared with the benzodiazepines.
Directions for use:
Miorel comes as a tablet and when you buy Miorel tablets, take it by mouth. It usually is taken three times a day at evenly spaced intervals. Follow the directions on your prescription label carefully and ask your doctor or pharmacist to explain any part you do not understand. Take Miorel medication exactly as directed. Do not take more or less of it or take it more often than prescribed by your doctor. This drug must be taken regularly for a few weeks before its full effect is felt. Do not suddenly stop taking this drug without your doctor's approval. It may take 1 to 2 months for full benefit to be noticed.
The usual starting dose of baclofen for adults is 5 mg given three times daily. Based on the response, the dose can be increased gradually every three days to a maximum of 80 mg/day in several doses.
Miorel belongs to a group of muscle relaxers.
Miorel Safety Info
Baclofen can cause side effects that may impair your thinking or reactions. Be careful if you drive or do anything that requires you to be awake and alert. Avoid drinking alcohol. It can increase some of the side effects of baclofen. Do not use baclofen medicine at a time when muscle tone is needed to assure safe balance and movement for certain activities.
Do not use this medication if you are allergic to baclofen. Before taking Miorel tablets, tell your doctor if you are allergic to any drugs, or if you have: kidney disease, epilepsy or other seizure disorder or a history of stroke or blood clots.
You may have withdrawal symptoms such as seizures or hallucinations, when you stop using Miorel tabs after using it over a long period of time. Do not stop using this medication suddenly without first talking to your doctor. You may need to use less and less before you stop the medication completely.
Miorel drug can cause side effects that may impair your thinking or reactions. Be careful if you drive or do anything that requires you to be awake and alert. Avoid drinking alcohol. It can increase some of the side effects of baclofen. Avoid using other medicines that make you sleepy (such as cold medicine, pain medication, muscle relaxers, and medicine for seizures, depression or anxiety). They can add to sleepiness caused by Miorel medication.
There may be other drugs that can affect Miorel baclofen. Tell your doctor about all the prescription and over-the-counter medications you use. This includes vitamins, minerals, herbal products, and drugs prescribed by other doctors.
Seek emergency medical attention if you think you have used too much of this medicine. Miorel overdose symptoms may include muscle weakness, vomiting, drowsiness, dilated or pinpoint pupils, weak or shallow breathing, fainting or coma.
Miorel Side Effects
- upset stomach