Baclofen, also known by the brand name Lioresal, is a medication prescribed for many people with muscle spasms. It's thought baclofen descreases the activity in the portion of the brain that causes muscles to contract and relax. Baclofen is available as a generic, 10 and 20 mg tablets as well as an injectible medication. When first starting baclofen, it made me sleepy within an hour of taking it. After a few days this side effect wore off, while the medication relieved the severe spasms I experienced in my legs and minor ones affecting my arms. I increased over time to taking baclofen 3 times a day for a total of 30 mg. Each time the dosage was increased I experienced some sleepiness, but it was less severe than before and resolved within a few days. I take it for a pain disorder known as Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS), which can include minor to severe muscle spasms. I have been taking baclofen for about 6 years and it was and is my wonder drug. I haven't experienced any issues other than initial sleepiness from taking baclofen. I highly recommend baclofen for anyone with muscle spasms if your doctor prescribes them. It could bring you as much relief as it has for me.Since everyone's body works differently, don't engage in any physical activities or drive a car until you know how it will affect you and for how long.
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