How Long Does Baclofen Stay in Your System?
Baclofen is a generic medication, prescribed to treat muscle spasms caused by certain conditions such as spasticity related to spinal cord injuries and disease, as well as multiple sclerosis. When someone is prescribed baclofen in an oral form, they usually take it several times a day and at the same time each day. Patients are usually started on the lowest possible effective dosage in order to reduce the risk of side effects. Baclofen is available as an injection as well, which is administered through an implantable pump.
There is a risk of dependence with the use of baclofen. Baclofen affects GABA receptors in the central nervous system. When someone becomes dependent upon baclofen, which usually happens within a few months, they should taper down their dosage slowly when they decide to stop using. Otherwise, baclofen withdrawal can be severe. Some of the symptoms associated with baclofen withdrawal include hallucinations, disorientation, psychosis, mania, tachycardia and seizures. The longer someone uses baclofen, and the more abruptly they stop, the more severe withdrawal symptoms are likely to be.
While the half-life of baclofen may average anywhere from 2 to 4 hours, some people will eliminate the drug more quickly than others. Age is one of the big factors that determine how long baclofen stays in the system. It tends to take older people longer to eliminate drugs from their body, compared to young people. Body mass and the dosage are determining factors as well. If someone takes a high dose of baclofen, it’s going to take longer for it to be eliminated from their system. Additionally, if someone has been using baclofen for an extended period of time, it’s also going to take longer for them to eliminate baclofen because it can accumulate in their body. Another factor that determines how quickly the body can eliminate baclofen is the individual’s metabolism rate. People with faster metabolisms eliminate substances more quickly.
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