What is Baclofen?

Category: Prescription Drugs

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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 2,363 1,157
Multiple Sclerosis 1,920 780
Muscle spasms 1,072 588
ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis) 348 177
Pain 170 67
PLS (Primary Lateral Sclerosis) 132 147

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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
Severe 144
Moderate 284
Mild 522
None 1,089

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Baclofen

Side effect Patients
Fatigue 128
Sleepiness 126
Drowsiness 83
Muscle weakness 62
Dry mouth 55
Constipation 36

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Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Baclofen

Dosage Patients
10 mg three times daily 75
10 mg daily 70
20 mg daily 56
10 mg twice daily 55
30 mg daily 48
20 mg three times daily 43
60 mg daily 39
40 mg daily 34
10mg as needed 32
10 mg four times daily 24

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Why patients stopped taking Baclofen

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Reason Patients
Did not seem to work 398
Side effects too severe 303
Other 189
Doctor's advice 130
Course of treatment ended 60
Personal research 31
Expense 17
Change in health plan coverage 12
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Duration

Currently taking Baclofen

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 6
1 - 6 months 39
6 months - 1 year 57
1 - 2 years 82
2 - 5 years 156
5 - 10 years 196
10 years or more 145

Stopped taking Baclofen

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 148
1 - 6 months 241
6 months - 1 year 156
1 - 2 years 144
2 - 5 years 152
5 - 10 years 64
10 years or more 36
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 1437
Usually 366
Sometimes 147
Never taken as prescribed 89
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 65
Somewhat hard to take 117
A little hard to take 269
Not at all hard to take 1588
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 16
$100-199 8
$50-99 24
$25-49 94
< $25 1177
Not specified 720

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Baclofen after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Cyclobenzaprine (Flexeril) 41
Tizanidine (Zanaflex) 26
Carisoprodol (Soma) 7
Methocarbamol (Robaxin) 4
Baclofen Intrathecal pump (Lioresal) 2

Show all 33 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Baclofen and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Tizanidine (Zanaflex) 22
Cyclobenzaprine (Flexeril) 16
Diazepam (Valium) 7
Baclofen Intrathecal pump (Lioresal) 4
Gabapentin (Neurontin) 4

Show all 44 treatments patients report switching to

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246 patient evaluations for Baclofen

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Criss02
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Criss02
Sex: F
Data Quality: 2 stars
Bulbar: none
Arms: mild
Chest: mild
Legs: mild
I am: vg
I have:
ALS

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Feb 24, 2017 (Started Jan 12, 2017)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for Stiffness/Spasticity)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 10 mg Twice daily

  • 0 helpful marks
ltbeauti
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ltbeauti
Sex: F
Data Quality: 2 stars
Bulbar: moderate
Arms: moderate
Chest: mild
Legs: moderate
I am: g
I have:
ALS

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Feb 20, 2017 (Started Nov 11, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Stiffness/Spasticity)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Improve mobility)
  • Effectiveness
    Can’t tell (for ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis))
  • Side effects
    Mild (Fatigue)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 10 mg Twice daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

Aug 15, 2016 (Started Nov 11, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Stiffness/Spasticity)
  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for Improve mobility)
  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis))
  • Side effects
    Mild (Fatigue)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 10 mg Twice daily

  • 0 helpful marks
MicheleBall
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MicheleBall
Sex: F
Data Quality: 2 stars
Relapse: Mild
Sensation: Mild
Overall: Mild
Cognition: moderate
Vision: none
Speech: moderate
Swallowing: moderate
Upper limb: mild
Walking: moderate
I am: g
I have:
MS

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Feb 17, 2017 (Started Feb 13, 2016)

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

Nov 18, 2016 (Started Feb 13, 2016)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for Stiffness/Spasticity)
  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for Multiple Sclerosis)
  • 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
    Can’t tell (for Stiffness/Spasticity)
  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for Multiple Sclerosis)
  • 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
    Slight (for Stiffness/Spasticity)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Multiple Sclerosis)
  • 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
    Slight (for Stiffness/Spasticity)
  • Effectiveness
    Can’t tell (for Multiple Sclerosis)
  • 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
    Slight (for Stiffness/Spasticity)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Multiple Sclerosis)
  • 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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