Weight training and Baclofen

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Hi there

I'm hoping someone with experience with this medicine can share their experiences, or whether someone in the know can help me.

Almost 4 years ago, as a result of an unprovoked assault I suffered quite a severe brain injury. I was in a coma for 3 months and had to learn to walk and talk again. Although I do have some remaining problems with my balance and speech I have recently decided to get into shape by exercising and working out. One problem I have, although not too serious and more of an annoyance is Ataxia, which is basically shaking either when I stand up, or sitting upright.

I decided to give some muscle relaxers a try, because I was told it may help with my shaking. The medicine is Baclofen. I've only been taking it a few days, but after reading up on it, I made some quite worrying discoveries. Working out is quite important to me, and I have managed to work up quite a physique, which is something I put quite a lot of effort into now. I have read that Baclofen works by reducing muscle spasticity AND muscle tone. Therefore, will taking this medicine eventually cause muscle atrophy? If this is the case, I would probably stop taking it, as I have managed without it fine. I wouldn't want to work out, just for the medicine to 'waste' it all way.

Hope someone can help me.

Many thanks.

Michael

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    I think I'd do more good than harm, it's not like you are a couch potato smile
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    Ok, thanks mate. So you reckon as long as I keep exercising at my current rate, there shouldn't be any noticeable changes?
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    Yeah. No discernible changes, just keep a weekly eye on your weight, (generally speaking) losing weight = losing muscle smile
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    Hi Michael,

    I used to be on Baclofen a few years ago now, it was prescribed to me for pain in various muscles caused by a nerve disorder.

    I lost weight on it in the first month, since then it has been changed numerous times. It is not one I would recommend to anyone, I did read up on other stories where people had similar issues with it.

    Regards,

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