Gablofen and Alcohol
Gablofen generic name baclofen is a pump injectable drug used to treat severe spasticity which is a movement disorder often caused by multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy, spinal cord injury, brain trauma and stroke.
It is both a muscle relaxer and an antispastic agent and may be used for other purposes.
It is advised that you do not drink alcohol as it will greatly increase the side effects of the drug.
At this time the medical community defines moderate consumption of alcohol as no more than two drinks per day and no more than 14 drinks per week. Anything more than that is considered an unhealthy dependency on alcohol that may have adverse social, family and health consequences.
If a person drinks only once or twice a week but drinks on the same days each week and more than two drinks this is considered as an alcohol dependency.
If a person binge drinks at any time during the week this is also considered as alcoholism.
Some consider alcoholism as a disease while others consider it an addiction which is the result of personal choice and character fault. This school of thought blames the alcoholism on life style choices.
Personally I consider alcoholism a genetic tendency as I have seen families of alcoholics even when they live far apart. These unfortunate people are probably dependent on alcohol from the first drink.
When alcohol interacts with prescription over the counter drugs it usually results in negative health effects most especially liver damage as the main organ affected.
Do not use Gablofen for patients under the age of four and be aware that the elderly may be more sensitive to the use of this drug.
It is important to know that to suddenly stop Gaboflen can result in serious complications that include high fever, confusion, muscle stiffness organ failure and death. If the pump stops you should receive emergency medical help.
Before starting this medication advise your physician if you are allergic to this or any other drug or substance, if you have kidney disease, epilepsy, seizure disorder or a history of stroke or blood clots, if you are pregnant, plan to become so or are breast feeding.
Less serious side effects are drowsiness, dizziness, weakness, feeling tired, agitation, low blood pressure, headache, confusion, insomnia, nausea, constipation changes in pattern of urination. If these occur call your physician for advice.
This site serves as an information source only and does not dispense medical advice or any other kind of advice. If you are seeking medical advice you are advised to consult your own physician.
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