Baclofen is a prescription muscle relaxer typically used to treat muscle spasms associated with multiple sclerosis or spinal cord injuries. It is in the GABA classification of drug types. GABA is an amino acid chemical found in the human brain. It primary purpose is to regulate nervousness and excitability. Various forms of GABA based, commercial drugs are used to regulate the Central Nervous System (CNS).
- Baclofen is a CNS depressant.
In some studies, higher doses of Baclofen have shown remarkable promise for treating alcohol dependence.
According to Wikipedia, “GABA’s principal role in the human brain is to reduce neuronal excitability throughout the nervous system. In humans, GABA is also directly responsible for the regulation of muscle tone.” GABA based drugs depress the CNS.
Taken orally, baclofen is sold under several brand names, including Lioresal, Kemstro, and Gablofen. Baclofen is also used in topical creams to help reduce pain and muscle spasms.
Methods of Getting a Baclofen High
Because Baclofen is so effective, some people use it off-label for relaxation, treating anxiety or depression with it, or just using it to get high. Baclofen is not considered to be addictive, and therefore it doesn’t result in cravings.
- Taking More Than A Prescribed Dosage
- Snorting Lines Of Pulverized Pill Powder
- Smoking Pulverized Pill Powder (in tobacco or marijuana, etc.)
- Injecting Baclofen In Liquified Form
The high people get from taking baclofen doesn’t involve extreme euphoria, but rather it helps people chill out, squashing any anxiety and helping them to feel extremely relaxed. Some people who have problems with alcohol, cocaine, and other addictive substances actually find that baclofen relaxes them so much that they no longer crave those drugs.
- Baclofen is considered to be a “downer” type of drug
Signs Of Abuse
Being a form of CNS depressant, in general someone who may be abusing Baclofen seem “Out of it”. Here a list of some of the possible signs and symptoms of a person using Baclofen in order to get high:
- Slower Rate of Talking
- Slurred Speech
- Inability to Concentrate
- Loss of Coodination
- Memory Problems
Dosages and Over Dosages
Doctors often start patients on low dosages of baclofen, around 5 mg, increasing them gradually as you become accustomed to the side effects. Oral baclofen is typically taken with food three times a day, and even high doses are rarely above 20 mg.
In the same way, you should taper off baclofen gradually to avoid any withdrawal symptoms, which can include seizures and hallucinations. If you experience any of these withdrawal symptoms, you should let your doctor know right away.
Overdoses on baclofen result in symptoms that include vomiting, difficulty breathing, seizures and even death. One of the dangers of baclofen is its affordability, which may lead people to abuse it, especially because its sedative effects can be so pleasurable.
While many people don’t experience any side effects at all while taking baclofen, others may deal with the following:
- Drowsiness or tiredness
- Difficulty sleeping
- Increased urination
- Physical weakness
In addition, baclofen can result in mood changes or mental symptoms, including hallucinations, confusion, and depression. When mental symptoms occur, or if physical symptoms don’t go away with time, you should discuss it with your doctor.
Withdrawal from baclofen can be unpleasant in the extreme, which is why doctors and pharmacists recommend tapering off the drug gradually. If you try to stop taking baclofen cold turkey, you can experience symptoms including:
By tapering off use, you can avoid most of these withdrawal symptoms. By sticking to the recommended doses, most people can take baclofen safely for muscle spasms, anxiety, and relaxation.