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4 weeks ago I started 5mg of baclofen once a day. I take it at bedtime and it quickly knocks me out. I also take 300mg of gabapentin(been on it for 5 months). I started noticing that I was feeling very weak. My legs are very weak, my balance is off, my hands are weaker and my twitching has drastically increased. My twitching was almost nonexistent since I started taking gabapentin. It is now nonstop and all over.

I was hopeful that it was just the baclofen but after 4 days of not taking it I still feel the same. So now I'm stressing that this is progression and how things are going to be. Im wondering if I should increase my gabapentin? My dr prescribed it to be taken x3 a day however it also makes me groggy so I normally take X1 at bedtime. I noticed that it comes in 100mg so I'm wondering if that may possibly be a better option than the 300mg I'm taking.
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Grace,
I'm not sure anyone can answer your question. I do know both Baclofen and Gaba can make you feel weaker. I have both but decided not to take either. Gaba does relax me and helps me to sleep but I also take Remeron which puts me to sleep.
Maybe someone else can tell you their experience with each or both of these meds.
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Grace what did your doctor say about it all?
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Mr Dr told me to stop the baclofen and we would discuss other options at clinic in a few weeks. I was just curious if anyone else has experienced this with this medicine. Looks like this could just be a progression period for me
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I hesitated to reply because I have UMN symptoms only. When I took Baclofen, my spasticity got worse, and I was weaker. It also affected my swallowing and breathing. When I stopped taking it, things improved. My concern here is that you have been off it for a few days and your weakness continues. So, yes, I've a similar experience, but things for me improved when I backed off the Baclofen.
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I thought I posted, but maybe I shut down too soon...gaba + baclofen interact, known side effect is dizziness, lower gaba dose won't likely buy you anything, wouldn't use either baclofen or tizanidine (another candidate) as a sleep aid, as there are safer options, but the right combo or possibly upping gaba dose may improve the spasticity.
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Hope you find the right combination.

Seems it's good your doctor said to stop the baclofen if it is interacting with the gaba.

Please let us know how you go?
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