1. What Lospan is and what it is used for?
Lospan (Baclofen) is a centrally acting skeletal muscle relaxant and an antispastic agent with a spinal site of action.
Lospan is indicated for the signs and symptoms of spasticity resulting from multiple sclerosis, particularly for the relief of flexor spasms and concomitant pain, clonus, and muscular rigidity, spinal cord injuries and other spinal cord diseases.
2. Before you take Lospan
Do not take this medicine and tell your doctor if:
Lospan is contraindicated in patients with hypersensitivity to any component of this product.
Take special care with Lospan
Check with your doctor before taking this medicine if:
Patients should also be cautioned that the central nervous system effects of baclofen may be additive to those of alcohol and other CNS depressants. It is not known whether this drug is excreted in human milk. As a general rule, nursing should not be undertaken while a patient is on a drug since many drugs are excreted in human milk.
Taking other medicines
Alcohol and other CNS depressants may exacerbate the CNS effects of baclofen and should be avoided, severe aggravation of hyperkinetic symptoms may possibly occur in patients taking lithium.
Pregnancy and breast-feeding
There are no adequate and well controlled studies of Baclofen in pregnant women. So it should be used during pregnancy only if the potential benefit outweighs the potential risk to the fetus.
Baclofen is excreted in breast milk. However, evidence suggests that the quantities are so small that no undesirable effect on the infant would be expected.
3. How to take Lospan?
The determination of optimal dosage requires individual titration. The following dosage titration schedule is suggested: 5 mg t.i.d. for 3 days, 10 mg t.i.d. for 3 days, 15 mg t.i.d. for 3 days, 20 mg t.i.d. for 3 days. Thereafter additional increases may be necessary but the total daily dose should not exceed a maximum of 80 mg daily.
If you forget to take Lospan
If you forget to take a dose, take it as soon as you remember it. If it is almost time for your next dose, do not take the missed dose. Take the next dose on time.
If you stop taking Lospan
Do not stop taking this medicine without talking to your doctor. You should not stop taking Lospan just because you feel better. This is because the problem may come back or get worse again.
If you have any further questions on the use of this product, ask your doctor or pharmacist.
4. Possible side effects
Like all medicines, Lospan can cause side effects, although not everybody gets them.
The most common side-effects include drowsiness, nausea, dizziness, lightheadedness, confusion, fatigue, muscular pain and weakness, and hypotension.
5. How to store Lospan?
Store in a cool and dry place, away from light.
Keep out of reach of children.