Relaxes your muscles. Lioresal (baclofen) is a first choice treatment for muscle spasticity caused by multiple sclerosis or spinal cord injuries, but it's not recommended for other types of muscle spasms.
Relaxes your muscles. Dantrium (dantrolene) effectively treats malignant hyperthermia (increased temperature and muscle contractions when receiving anesthesia) and is the only medicine used to treat the condition. Dantrium (dantrolene) is not a first-choice treatment for general muscle spasms because it can damage your liver.
Lioresal (baclofen) is a gamma-aminobutryic acid (GABA) agonist. It's not clear how it works, but GABA is believed to help calm down nerves. Muscle spasms are thought to be started by overactive nerves.
Dantrium (dantrolene) stops spasms and relaxes muscle cells by interfering with the release of calcium inside muscle cells.
› Avoid drinking alcohol while on Lioresal (baclofen) because it can make you very sleepy or slow your breathing down.
No alcohol related info.
› Lioresal (baclofen) can make you feel very tired or sleepy. Don't drive or do anything that requires concentration until you know how it affects you.
› Taking Dantrium (dantrolene) may make you feel dizzy or sleepy for the first few days, especially if you drink alcohol or take recreational drugs. Avoid driving or other activities requiring concentration until you know how your body responds to the medication. Your body should adjust to the medicine. Talk to your doctor or pharmacist if these symptoms bother you.
› Dantrium (dantrolene) can make you feel very tired or sleepy. Don't drive or do anything that requires concentration until you know how it affects you.
Upsides and benefits
› A better option for seniors compared to other muscle relaxants since it has fewer side effects than other similar medicines.
› Lioresal (baclofen) is available as a generic and is a relatively inexpensive medication.