Can You Get High On Baclofen?
Baclofen is a muscle relaxer that is sold under several brand names, including Kemstro, Gablofen, and Lioresal.
The drug is used to ease muscle symptoms, in particular, those caused by multiple sclerosis (muscle spasms, pain, stiffness, etc.).
Naturally, something with such powerful antispastic properties has found an off-label use as a relaxation drug, with many believing that it will also do wonders for anxiety, depression, and other such mood disorders.
Let’s find out if the potential side effects make the Baclofen high worth it.
Recreational Use Of Baclofen
Baclofen is a prescription-only drug that has been around for years. It is well not only because of its relatively low price but because of the fact that continued use of Baclofen doesn’t seem to result in a great deal of tolerance being built up.
That doesn’t mean there aren’t other side effects, but this drug can provide relief to users for years on end. In the headlines, Baclofen has been making waves as a possible candidate for the treatment of alcohol, though researchers are still exploring its efficacy in this regard.
Then there’s the abuse and withdrawal potential for Baclofen itself, which, while not astronomically high, can result in some very unpleasant side effects. Still, the buzz online is mostly positive, with most commenting on its GABA-influencing properties.
The Baclofen High, According To Reddit
Many users have experienced the Baclofen high, and while their reasons for trying the drug may differ, most seem to think it is quite the experience:
“I recently got a script for the stuff and it rocks. The only other muscle relaxer I’ve had is Soma, and that was weak and boring. Baclofen is super relaxing, gives me gentle euphoria, and kills my anxiety and desire to drink. Also, it’s allowed me to quit a daily, high-dose phenibut habit.”
This glowing review shows the overall sentiment you’ll find towards the drug:
“Yea, baclofen is a form of ‘wonder drug’, thought in some circles. studies indicate it’s mostly useful in alcoholism, benzo addiction, and cocaine addiction.”
My Journey With Baclofen
I’ll be honest, I’ve never tried any muscle relaxers before. This would be my first experience with them. Still, I wanted to give it a go to be able to have a more thorough understanding of what this sedative feeling was like and how it compared to the anti-anxiety effects I had experienced with other drugs.
I went with a slightly higher dose, 20 milligrams at three periods throughout the day, and I must say the experience was quite unlike any other I’ve had prior. I didn’t experience any euphoria like the one commenter, but I did have an intense “chillout” feeling just wash over me that continued to last as I kept taking doses.
This is a great option for relaxation.
Let’s Step Back. What The Heck Is Baclofen?
We covered it in some detail earlier. Baclofen is a muscle relaxer that goes to work on the central nervous system. This also produces some side effects, but the main use is for treating spasms, cramps, and muscle tightness.
The off-label effect is similar to many anxiolytic drugs, in that it helps you to feel calm and relaxed. You don’t even need a particularly large dose to start to feel the effects, 5-10 milligrams by oral tablet on the low-end, and 20 milligrams per dose on the high end.
One of the firsthand accounts we mentioned a slight euphoria while taking Baclofen. While this is not typical, it is not unheard of either. The other effects, however, are much more common. A general relaxation, a reduction in anxiety, and perhaps a slight slowness are all well within the standard range of effects when taking this drug.
What Is Baclofen Good For?
Baclofen’s main use is for the treatment of symptoms caused by multiple sclerosis. MS, if you weren’t aware, is a debilitating CNS (central nervous system) disease that results in tingling, pain, and muscle problems in various parts of the body (among other things).
Baclofen works to ease the spasms, pain, and stiffness that are often associated with MS. Researchers are also finding that the drug may be useful for those addicted to other compounds, like alcohol and opioids.
In the future, it might become a common prescription to help those experiencing withdrawal symptoms from those other drugs cope better.
Consequences Of Baclofen Use
Baclofen comes with a standard range of side effects, which is to be expected. From the WebMD Side Effects page: “Drowsiness, dizziness, weakness, tiredness, headache, trouble sleeping, nausea, increased urination, or constipation may occur.”
These aren’t the most serious effects, though, as depression, hallucinations, and allergic reactions are also possible while taking Baclofen (though they are not typical, thankfully).
Overdosing with Baclofen can result in a range of OD symptoms, ranging from vomiting and trouble breathing to seizures, bradycardia, and even death. The drug is not usually tolerance forming, but that can happen, in which case it is advised to take some time off to allow the body to recover.
Because Baclofen is relatively inexpensive and produces such an intense sedative effect, there is a good potential for drug abuse when using this drug, and withdrawal when the drug is stopped abruptly.
Withdrawal from Baclofen can be rather acute, including negative effects like insomnia, dizziness, nausea, disorientation, hallucinations, delirium, and the like.
Used safely, Baclofen seems like it has great potential for those looking for something to help with anxiety and aid their relaxation efforts. Stick to the recommended dose, don’t go overboard, and watch out for potential interactions
Follow these simple guidelines, and you should be able to maximize the positive effects with Baclofen while avoiding many of the downsides.