What is Baclofen?
Baclofen is a muscle relaxant drug that was initially created to ease the symptoms of epilepsy and multiple sclerosis. In the past decade, however, baclofen has increasingly been used for the off-label purpose of easing opioid withdrawal symptoms. Evidence-based reports state that, similar to methadone or naltrexone, chronic administration of baclofen reduces the drug-motivated behaviors in opiate, amphetamine and cocaine abuse, according to the National Institutes of Health.
Baclofen addiction is a tough one to battle; according to medtronic.com, the effects of baclofen withdrawal include an increase in or return of spasticity, itching, low blood pressure, lightheadedness, and tingling sensations. These symptoms are highly unpleasant, and it’s important that those experiencing possible withdrawal seek the care of a medical professional.
The baclofen website says, “If not treated, early symptoms of withdrawal can progress to advanced symptoms of withdrawal. Symptoms of advanced withdrawal are high fever, changed mental status, and muscle stiffness. In rare cases, withdrawal may result in loss of function of many vital organs and death.” One person on a drug forum also attests to the tough withdrawal symptoms that come with baclofen addiction, saying, “Tolerance builds fast and [withdrawal] is reportedly as bad as valium so take care.”
If you or a loved one could be struggling with substance use disorder involving baclofen or other drugs, we invite you to contact our compassionate and well-trained team at The Recovery Village. We are happy to answer any questions you may have. As always, we’re here and ready to help in any way we can.
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