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Urinary problem, Baclofen, and extreme insomnia


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Hey..lately I've had this urinary problem come back to where I have to run to the bathroom to pee all the time even if I haven't drank anything.  It keeps me awake at night cause I don't have enough time to sleep before I have to run to the bathroom again.  Anyways, I tried cutting out all soda from my diet (I drink caffeine free diet 7 up)and eating good foods but that didn't work. 


I had some Baclofen and heard it could help with the problem so I started taking that.  I took it for about 3 or 4 days and it took away the urinary problem because my pelvic muscles were relaxed.  But even though the urinary problem was gone I still couldn't sleep.


Now, it's been 3 days and I haven't slept at all in 3 days.  I feel terrible.  I can't believe I'm up for 3 days after 6 months off of benzos.  It doesn't make any sense.  I feel like I'm not healing at all and doing this all for nothing. 


I'm wondering if the Baclofen actually made my insomnia worse somehow but I only took it for 3 or 4 days.  Has anyone had experience with this?


I don't really know what to do..last time I went to the doctor for this problem, they gave me antibiotics and said I had urithritis (which I never had) and sent me home with Azo.  Eventually the urinary problem calmed down on its own but it took a few days of no sleep.  The doctor really pissed me off because I asked if what he was prescribing was Azo cause that didn't work for me (I went to the doctor before and they gave me Azo and sent me home, and it didn't help)and he told me "no".  He was really hesitant to prescribe it like it was an ultra powerful narcotic.  He was so dumb he didn't even know what he was prescribing.  Now I'm not wanting to go again because of my last experiences.  Anyone have any suggestions?

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Baclofen affects the GABA receptors, so I refused to take it.  This article details how coming off of it can be similar to benzo withdrawals:




Withdrawal syndrome


Discontinuation of baclofen can be associated with a withdrawal syndrome which resembles benzodiazepine withdrawal and alcohol withdrawal. Withdrawal symptoms are more likely if baclofen is used for long periods of time (more than a couple of months) and can occur from low or high doses. The severity of baclofen withdrawal depends on the rate at which baclofen is discontinued. Thus to minimise baclofen withdrawal symptoms the dose should be tapered down slowly when discontinuing baclofen therapy. Abrupt withdrawal is more likely to result in severe withdrawal symptoms. Acute withdrawal symptoms can be stopped by recommencing baclofen.[13]


Withdrawal symptoms may include auditory hallucinations, visual hallucinations, tactile hallucinations, delusions, confusion, agitation, delirium, disorientation, fluctuation of consciousness, insomnia, dizziness, nausea, feeling faint, inattention, memory impairments, perceptual disturbances, pruritus/itching, anxiety, depersonalization, hypertonia, hyperthermia, formal thought disorder, psychosis, mania, mood disturbances, restlessness, and behavioral disturbances, tachycardia, seizures, tremors, autonomic dysfunction, hyperpyrexia, extreme muscle rigidity resembling neuroleptic malignant syndrome and rebound spasticity.[13][14]





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hey, yeah I read that..I figured I wasn't taking it long enough to get withdrawals so I wasn't really worried about it.  I only took it for 3 or 4 days.  I think somehow it could have made my insomnia worse though in this short period of time.
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