What is Baclofen?

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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 2,313 1,096
Multiple Sclerosis 1,909 754
Muscle spasms 1,033 551
ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis) 346 172
Pain 168 66
PLS (Primary Lateral Sclerosis) 128 136

Show all 240 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 142
Moderate 275
Mild 487
None 1,023

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Baclofen

Side effect Patients
Sleepiness 121
Fatigue 109
Drowsiness 80
Muscle weakness 62
Dry mouth 53
Constipation 35

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Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Baclofen

Dosage Patients
10 mg three times daily 72
10 mg daily 61
20 mg daily 49
10 mg twice daily 47
30 mg daily 45
20 mg three times daily 36
60 mg daily 35
40 mg daily 27
80 mg daily 24
10mg as needed 23

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Why patients stopped taking Baclofen

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Reason Patients
Did not seem to work 391
Side effects too severe 300
Other 186
Doctor's advice 126
Course of treatment ended 59
Personal research 30
Expense 17
Change in health plan coverage 12
See all 922 patients who’ve stopped taking Baclofen

Duration

Currently taking Baclofen

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 1
1 - 6 months 36
6 months - 1 year 45
1 - 2 years 85
2 - 5 years 136
5 - 10 years 164
10 years or more 119

Stopped taking Baclofen

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 146
1 - 6 months 238
6 months - 1 year 151
1 - 2 years 141
2 - 5 years 150
5 - 10 years 62
10 years or more 35
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 1357
Usually 351
Sometimes 137
Never taken as prescribed 82
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 61
Somewhat hard to take 113
A little hard to take 257
Not at all hard to take 1496
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 15
$100-199 7
$50-99 24
$25-49 89
< $25 1112
Not specified 680

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Baclofen after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Cyclobenzaprine (Flexeril) 33
Tizanidine (Zanaflex) 23
Carisoprodol (Soma) 5
Methocarbamol (Robaxin) 3
Clonazepam (Klonopin) 2

Show all 29 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Baclofen and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Tizanidine (Zanaflex) 21
Cyclobenzaprine (Flexeril) 11
Diazepam (Valium) 7
Baclofen Intrathecal pump (Lioresal) 4
Gabapentin (Neurontin) 4

Show all 40 treatments patients report switching to

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245 patient evaluations for Baclofen

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Kappy4
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Kappy4
Sex: M
Data Quality: 3 stars
Bulbar: none
Arms: mild
Chest: moderate
Legs: moderate
I am: g
I have:
ALS

See Kappy4's full Baclofen history

Nov 21, 2016 (Started Sep 15, 2016)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Stiffness/Spasticity)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 5 mg Three times daily

Nov 14, 2016 (Started Sep 15, 2016)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Stiffness/Spasticity)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 5 mg Three times daily

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johannarothman
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johannarothman
Sex: F
Data Quality: 2 stars
Bulbar: none
Arms: none
Chest: none
Legs: mild
I am: vg
I have:
PLS

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Nov 20, 2016 (Started Apr 15, 2014)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Stiffness/Spasticity)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for PLS (Primary Lateral Sclerosis))
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 40 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: helps dizziness
Cost: < $25 monthly

Sep 25, 2016 (Started Apr 15, 2014)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Stiffness/Spasticity)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for PLS (Primary Lateral Sclerosis))
  • Side effects
    Mild (Excessive daytime sleepiness (somnolence))
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 40 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

Aug 28, 2016 (Started Apr 15, 2014)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Stiffness/Spasticity)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for PLS (Primary Lateral Sclerosis))
  • Side effects
    Mild (Excessive daytime sleepiness (somnolence))
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 40 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: Helps my dizziness.
Cost: < $25 monthly

Jul 24, 2016 (Started Apr 15, 2014)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Stiffness/Spasticity)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for PLS (Primary Lateral Sclerosis))
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 40 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

May 29, 2016 (Started Apr 15, 2014)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Stiffness/Spasticity)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for PLS (Primary Lateral Sclerosis))
  • Side effects
    Mild (Excessive daytime sleepiness (somnolence))
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 40 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: Helps my dizziness. I am able to walk 5000 steps each day.
Cost: < $25 monthly

Feb 7, 2016 (Started Apr 15, 2014)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Stiffness/Spasticity)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for PLS (Primary Lateral Sclerosis))
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Dosage: 40 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: The baclofen manages my dizziness. I have more flexibility, so I am walking even in the winter.
Cost: < $25 monthly

Jan 10, 2016 (Started Apr 15, 2014)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Stiffness/Spasticity)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for PLS (Primary Lateral Sclerosis))
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 40 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

Nov 29, 2015 (Started Apr 15, 2014)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Stiffness/Spasticity)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for PLS (Primary Lateral Sclerosis))
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 10 mg Three times daily
Advice & Tips: I have more flexibility which allows me to walk better, which improves my strength and stamina.
Cost: < $25 monthly

Nov 8, 2014 (Started Apr 15, 2014)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Stiffness/Spasticity)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for PLS (Primary Lateral Sclerosis))
  • Side effects
    Mild (Excessive daytime sleepiness (somnolence))
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 10 mg Three times daily
Advice & Tips: Helps my vertigo-based dizziness.

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jangrilah
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jangrilah
Sex: M
Data Quality: 3 stars
Sensation: Mild
Overall: None
Cognition: none
Vision: none
Speech: none
Swallowing: none
Upper limb: none
Walking: moderate
I am: g
I have:
MS

See jangrilah's full Baclofen history

Nov 20, 2016 (Started Nov 20, 2016)

  • Effectiveness
    Can’t tell (for Multiple Sclerosis)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 10 mg Twice daily
Advice & Tips: Have just started. Not sure if it'll help; not even sure that there's a problem or that, if so, it's correctable. All based on recommendation of new neurologist.
Cost: < $25 monthly

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