Baclofen is typically used for treating muscle symptoms related to multiple sclerosis or MS.
A type of muscle relaxant, Baclofen is also considered to be an antispastic agent. It was developed to treat such symptoms as muscle stiffness, spasms and pain to name a few.
Although these are the major reasons for a physician to prescribe Baclofen, it may be prescribed for other reasons at the physician's discretion. Some of the side effects attributed to the use of Baclofen are thought process impairment, poor reflexes and hand eye coordination making it dangerous for those individuals who operate heavy machinery or drive often. The medication can be hazardous to those who need to be consistently alert.
Baclofen is created to allow for a reduced muscle tone in patients. It is for this reason that care should be taken while under the influence of this medication and care should be taken to heed the physician's instructions. Regular monitoring by your physician is essential when taking this medication.
How Is Baclofen Abused
Baclofen is not a drug that is commonly abused by people who use it recreationally or illicitly, but that does not mean that a physical dependency is not going to form if you use it for a long period of time or use it in dosages that exceed what is normal.
The way that a physical dependency forms with Baclofen is that people use it over too long a period of time, and a tolerance is formed. As your body grows tolerant to the medication, you may develop feelings that you need to take more of the medication in order to achieve the same effects that you received before, and this is where Baclofen abuse becomes a problem that you are going to have to contend with.