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 2,466 1,286
Multiple sclerosis 1,939 836
Muscle spasms 1,123 652
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis 349 177
Pain 174 75
Primary lateral sclerosis 142 165

Show all 231 reasons taken


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

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe 152
Moderate 310
Mild 571
None 1,226

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Baclofen

Side effect Patients
Sleepiness 136
Fatigue 134
Drowsiness 96
Muscle weakness 62
Dry mouth 59
Tiredness 46

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Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Baclofen

Dosage Patients
10 mg three times daily 89
10 mg daily 79
20 mg daily 71
30 mg daily 60
60 mg daily 55
10 mg twice daily 53
10mg as needed 45
40 mg daily 44
20 mg three times daily 44
80 mg daily 34

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Why patients stopped taking Baclofen

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Reason Patients
Did not seem to work 425
Side effects too severe 317
Other 196
Doctor's advice 139
Course of treatment ended 69
Personal research 34
Expense 19
Change in health plan coverage 13
See all 993 patients who've stopped taking Baclofen

Duration

Currently taking Baclofen

Duration Patients
1 - 6 months 30
6 months - 1 year 30
1 - 2 years 64
2 - 5 years 187
5 - 10 years 259
10 years or more 271

Stopped taking Baclofen

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 158
1 - 6 months 250
6 months - 1 year 160
1 - 2 years 150
2 - 5 years 170
5 - 10 years 66
10 years or more 39
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 1607
Usually 396
Sometimes 157
Never taken as prescribed 99
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 64
Somewhat hard to take 131
A little hard to take 294
Not at all hard to take 1770
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 17
$100-199 8
$50-99 25
$25-49 117
< $25 1268
Not specified 824

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Baclofen after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Cyclobenzaprine (Flexeril) 56
Tizanidine (Zanaflex) 39
Carisoprodol (Soma) 10
Methocarbamol (Robaxin) 7
Diazepam (Valium) 4

Show all 44 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Baclofen and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Tizanidine (Zanaflex) 32
Cyclobenzaprine (Flexeril) 19
Baclofen intrathecal pump (Lioresal) 8
Diazepam (Valium) 8
Methocarbamol (Robaxin) 5

Show all 38 treatments patients report switching to

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251 patient evaluations for Baclofen

Jul 2, 2018 (Started Feb 19, 2014)

  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for muscle spasms)
  • Side effects
    Mild (sleepiness)
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 10 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: Didn't help.
Cost: < $25 monthly

Dec 20, 2016 (Started Feb 19, 2014)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for muscle spasms)
  • Side effects
    Mild (sleepiness)
  • Adherence
    Sometimes
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 10 mg Three times daily
Advice & Tips: I have been only taking the Baclofen when I have muscle spasms or need to sleep.
Cost: < $25 monthly

Mar 1, 2014 (Started Feb 19, 2014)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for muscle spasms)
  • Side effects
    Mild (sleepiness)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 30 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

Feb 24, 2014 (Started Feb 19, 2014)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for muscle spasms)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (sleepiness)
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 30 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks

Jun 12, 2018 (Started Jan 01, 2008)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for stiffness/spasticity)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for multiple sclerosis)
  • 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 stiffness/spasticity)
  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for multiple sclerosis)
  • 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

  • 0 helpful marks

Apr 25, 2018 (Started Feb 05, 2018)

  • Effectiveness
    None (for stiffness/spasticity)
  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for muscle spasms)
  • Side effects
    Mild (cough)
  • Adherence
    Sometimes
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 10 mg Three times daily

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