What is Baclofen?

Category: Prescription Drugs

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See also: Baclofen intrathecal pump

Baclofen is a skeletal muscle relaxant and anti-spastic agent used for the treatment of reversible spasticity associated with multiple sclerosis or spinal cord lesions.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Multiple sclerosis 3750 891
Stiffness/spasticity 3161 1356
Muscle spasms 1316 734
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis 791 186
Primary lateral sclerosis 373 170
Pain 188 84

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  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations Percentage
Severe 162
Moderate 318
Mild 601
None 1367

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Baclofen

Side effect Patients Percentage
Sleepiness 143
Fatigue 141
Drowsiness 102
Muscle weakness 64
Dry mouth 60
Tiredness 49

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Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Baclofen

Dosage Patients Percentage
10 mg three times daily 32
10 mg daily 22
10 mg twice daily 19
20 mg three times daily 17
20 mg daily 14
20 mg four times daily 11
40 mg daily 8
60 mg daily 8
10mg as needed 8
30 mg daily 5

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Why patients stopped taking Baclofen

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Reason Patients Percentage
Did not seem to work 466
Side effects too severe 333
Other 210
Doctor's advice 153
Course of treatment ended 73
Personal research 38
Expense 23
Change in health plan coverage 16
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Duration

Currently taking Baclofen

Duration Patients Percentage
Less than 1 month 1
1 - 6 months 5
6 months - 1 year 6
1 - 2 years 13
2 - 5 years 62
5 - 10 years 55
10 years or more 74

Stopped taking Baclofen

Duration Patients Percentage
Less than 1 month 158
1 - 6 months 249
6 months - 1 year 165
1 - 2 years 155
2 - 5 years 180
5 - 10 years 67
10 years or more 45
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations Percentage
Always 1739
Usually 427
Sometimes 170
Never taken as prescribed 112
Burden
Burden Evaluations Percentage
Very hard to take 69
Somewhat hard to take 136
A little hard to take 312
Not at all hard to take 1931
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations Percentage
$200+ 18
$100-199 10
$50-99 30
$25-49 123
< $25 1352
Not specified 915

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Baclofen after stopping:

Treatment Patients Percentage
Cyclobenzaprine (Flexeril) 68
Tizanidine (Zanaflex) 47
Carisoprodol (Soma) 11
Methocarbamol (Robaxin) 9
Gabapentin (Neurontin) 7

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Patients stopped taking Baclofen and switched to:

Treatment Patients Percentage
Tizanidine (Zanaflex) 47
Cyclobenzaprine (Flexeril) 26
Methocarbamol (Robaxin) 10
Baclofen intrathecal pump (Lioresal) 9
Diazepam (Valium) 9

Show all 47 treatments patients report switching to

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252 patient evaluations for Baclofen

Nov 17, 2020 (Started Jan 01, 2008)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for stiffness/spasticity)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for multiple sclerosis)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 80 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

Jun 12, 2018 (Started Jan 01, 2008)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for multiple sclerosis)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for stiffness/spasticity)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Sometimes
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 80 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: Don't arbitrarily stop taking. I was feeling rather well and thought it was a good time to see if the Baclofen was working. It was. My body took absolute delight in reminding me why I was taking them in the first place.
Cost: < $25 monthly

Feb 21, 2015 (Started Jan 01, 2008)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for multiple sclerosis)
  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for stiffness/spasticity)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 80 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

Sep 14, 2010 (Started Jan 01, 2008)

  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for stiffness/spasticity)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 60 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

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Apr 3, 2020 (Started Mar 10, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for pain)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for neck pain)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for muscle spasms)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for multiple sclerosis)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for back pain)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Dosage: 60 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: excessive daytime sleepiness (somnolence), excessive daytime sleepiness (somnolence)

Jan 6, 2019 (Started Mar 10, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for multiple sclerosis)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for muscle spasms)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for pain)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Dosage: 60 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: I forget to take the afternoon dose. Remember to take morning and bedtime doses.
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: excessive daytime sleepiness (somnolence), excessive daytime sleepiness (somnolence)

Feb 21, 2018 (Started Mar 10, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for multiple sclerosis)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for muscle spasms)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for pain)
  • Side effects
    Mild (excessive daytime sleepiness (somnolence))
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 60 mg Daily
Side effects: excessive daytime sleepiness (somnolence), excessive daytime sleepiness (somnolence)

Nov 10, 2014 (Started Mar 10, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for multiple sclerosis)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for pain)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for muscle spasms)
  • Side effects
    Mild (excessive daytime sleepiness (somnolence))
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 60 mg Daily
Side effects: excessive daytime sleepiness (somnolence), excessive daytime sleepiness (somnolence)

May 5, 2010 (Started Mar 10, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for pain)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for muscle spasms)
  • Side effects
    Mild (excessive daytime sleepiness (somnolence))
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 20 mg Daily
Side effects: excessive daytime sleepiness (somnolence), excessive daytime sleepiness (somnolence)

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Feb 26, 2020 (Started Feb 13, 2016)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for stiffness/spasticity)
  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for multiple sclerosis)
  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for increased appetite)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 40 mg Daily
Cost: $50-99 monthly

Nov 8, 2019 (Started Feb 13, 2016)

  • Effectiveness
    None (for stiffness/spasticity)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for multiple sclerosis)
  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for increased appetite)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 40 mg Daily
Cost: $50-99 monthly

Jan 22, 2019 (Started Feb 13, 2016)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for stiffness/spasticity)
  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for multiple sclerosis)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for increased appetite)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 40 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: Next Ty will be Feb 7th 33 this month
Cost: $50-99 monthly

Jul 24, 2018 (Started Feb 13, 2016)

  • Effectiveness
    None (for increased appetite)
  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for multiple sclerosis)
  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for stiffness/spasticity)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 40 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: 26th Will be my IV of Tysabri on July 26th 8:15 Am Baclofen changed to 20 Mg 2 x's a day!
Cost: $25-49 monthly

Mar 9, 2017 (Started Feb 13, 2016)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for multiple sclerosis)
  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for stiffness/spasticity)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 10 mg Three times daily
Cost: $25-49 monthly

Feb 17, 2017 (Started Feb 13, 2016)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for multiple sclerosis)
  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for stiffness/spasticity)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 10 mg Three times daily
Advice & Tips: doing WELL on Tysabri... happy when the month rolls to next month!! It will be 8 months in MARCH~~~
Cost: $25-49 monthly

Dec 8, 2016 (Started Feb 13, 2016)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for multiple sclerosis)
  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for stiffness/spasticity)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 10 mg Three times daily
Cost: $25-49 monthly

Nov 18, 2016 (Started Feb 13, 2016)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for multiple sclerosis)
  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for stiffness/spasticity)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 10 mg Three times daily
Advice & Tips: Now done to three hours for treatment.!! Feels GREAT a lot better getting off of Copaxone... no more itching our Bruising
Cost: $25-49 monthly

Nov 15, 2016 (Started Feb 13, 2016)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for multiple sclerosis)
  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for stiffness/spasticity)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Never taken as prescribed
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 10 mg Three times daily
Cost: $25-49 monthly

Sep 17, 2016 (Started Feb 13, 2016)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for multiple sclerosis)
  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for stiffness/spasticity)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 10 mg Three times daily
Advice & Tips: Tysabri doing well with this.. can't wait for next one on Wed.
Cost: $25-49 monthly

Aug 21, 2016 (Started Feb 13, 2016)

  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for multiple sclerosis)
  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for stiffness/spasticity)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 10 mg Three times daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

May 11, 2016 (Started Feb 13, 2016)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for multiple sclerosis)
  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for stiffness/spasticity)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 10 mg Three times daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

Apr 27, 2016 (Started Feb 13, 2016)

  • Effectiveness
    None (for multiple sclerosis)
  • Side effects
    Mild (itching)
  • Adherence
    Sometimes
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 10 mg Three times daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

Apr 14, 2016 (Started Feb 13, 2016)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for multiple sclerosis)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 10 mg Three times daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

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