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Baclofen Topical



Baclofen topical gel is used for the treatment of chemotherapy-induced conditions such as pain, numbness, tingling and sensitivity to cold in hands and feet, cramping, shooting/ burning pains, pins and needles or pinpricks. It is also used to treat diabetic neuropathy (problem with nerves), trigeminal neuralgia (chronic pain condition) and symptoms of musculoskeletal pain such as back and neck pain, tendonitis (inflammation of the tendons - tissue attaching the muscle to the bone). Topical baclofen cream/gel preparations are used to treat nerve pain in patients those who cannot tolerate the side effects of the oral formulations. 

How it works

Baclofen belongs to a group of medications called as muscle relaxants. It works by acting on the central nervous system to reduce muscle spasms and tightness.

Common side effects

Allergic reaction, Redness of skin, Burning sensation, Itching


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Expert advice

Avoid direct contact with your eyes. In case of direct contact, wash your eyes with water immediately and seek immediate medical attention.
Tell your doctor if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant or are breastfeeding.

Frequently asked questions

Baclofen Topical

Q.Is baclofen topical a NSAID/pain-killer/muscle-relaxant?
No. Baclofen is not a pain-killer or a NSAID. It is a centrally acting muscle relaxant.
Q.Is baclofen addictive?
No. Baclofen is not addictive.
Q.Is baclofen topical safe?
Yes. Baclofen is relatively safe if used as recommended. In case of any side-effects, consult your doctor.
Q.How long can I take baclofen for?
It is advisable to take baclofen for the duration prescribed by your doctor. Do not stop taking the drug without consulting your doctor.

Content on this page was last updated on 30 September, 2016, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)