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
Stiffness/spasticity 2510 1338
Multiple sclerosis 1959 884
Muscle spasms 1172 712
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis 348 186
Pain 175 83
Primary lateral sclerosis 144 169

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  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations Percentage
Severe 161
Moderate 314
Mild 597
None 1333

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Baclofen

Side effect Patients Percentage
Sleepiness 142
Fatigue 139
Drowsiness 102
Muscle weakness 64
Dry mouth 61
Tiredness 49

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Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Baclofen

Dosage Patients Percentage
10 mg three times daily 48
10 mg daily 32
10 mg twice daily 24
20 mg daily 23
20 mg three times daily 17
30 mg daily 15
20 mg four times daily 15
40 mg daily 14
60 mg daily 14
80 mg daily 11

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Why patients stopped taking Baclofen

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Reason Patients Percentage
Did not seem to work 429
Side effects too severe 318
Other 200
Doctor's advice 141
Course of treatment ended 70
Personal research 35
Expense 20
Change in health plan coverage 14
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Duration

Currently taking Baclofen

Duration Patients Percentage
1 - 6 months 7
6 months - 1 year 8
1 - 2 years 21
2 - 5 years 85
5 - 10 years 87
10 years or more 108

Stopped taking Baclofen

Duration Patients Percentage
Less than 1 month 158
1 - 6 months 250
6 months - 1 year 163
1 - 2 years 155
2 - 5 years 177
5 - 10 years 67
10 years or more 44
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations Percentage
Always 1712
Usually 421
Sometimes 165
Never taken as prescribed 107
Burden
Burden Evaluations Percentage
Very hard to take 69
Somewhat hard to take 135
A little hard to take 306
Not at all hard to take 1895
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations Percentage
$200+ 18
$100-199 10
$50-99 30
$25-49 123
< $25 1336
Not specified 888

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Baclofen after stopping:

Treatment Patients Percentage
Cyclobenzaprine (Flexeril) 63
Tizanidine (Zanaflex) 44
Carisoprodol (Soma) 10
Methocarbamol (Robaxin) 9
Gabapentin (Neurontin) 6

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Patients stopped taking Baclofen and switched to:

Treatment Patients Percentage
Tizanidine (Zanaflex) 38
Cyclobenzaprine (Flexeril) 22
Baclofen intrathecal pump (Lioresal) 9
Diazepam (Valium) 9
Methocarbamol (Robaxin) 7

Show all 39 treatments patients report switching to

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253 patient evaluations for Baclofen

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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May 22, 2019 (Started Feb 23, 1995)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for stiffness/spasticity)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 20 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: I have the 20 m.g. dosage at night at bedtime. I don't believe I have any unexpected benefits, and, the impact has been very beneficial for nighttime spasticity.
Cost: < $25 monthly

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