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 2,334 1,131
Multiple Sclerosis 1,915 773
Muscle spasms 1,049 572
ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis) 348 176
Pain 169 67
PLS (Primary Lateral Sclerosis) 131 143

Show all 238 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 143
Moderate 280
Mild 508
None 1,062

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Baclofen

Side effect Patients
Sleepiness 125
Fatigue 122
Drowsiness 83
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 67
20 mg daily 59
10 mg twice daily 49
30 mg daily 44
60 mg daily 41
20 mg three times daily 38
40 mg daily 33
80 mg daily 25
10mg as needed 25

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Why patients stopped taking Baclofen

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Reason Patients
Did not seem to work 396
Side effects too severe 303
Other 189
Doctor's advice 128
Course of treatment ended 59
Personal research 30
Expense 17
Change in health plan coverage 12
See all 933 patients who’ve stopped taking Baclofen

Duration

Currently taking Baclofen

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 1
1 - 6 months 34
6 months - 1 year 58
1 - 2 years 74
2 - 5 years 145
5 - 10 years 195
10 years or more 137

Stopped taking Baclofen

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 146
1 - 6 months 240
6 months - 1 year 154
1 - 2 years 143
2 - 5 years 151
5 - 10 years 64
10 years or more 36
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 1402
Usually 360
Sometimes 143
Never taken as prescribed 88
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 64
Somewhat hard to take 114
A little hard to take 263
Not at all hard to take 1552
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 16
$100-199 8
$50-99 24
$25-49 92
< $25 1150
Not specified 703

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Baclofen after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Cyclobenzaprine (Flexeril) 37
Tizanidine (Zanaflex) 24
Carisoprodol (Soma) 6
Methocarbamol (Robaxin) 3
Clonazepam (Klonopin) 2

Show all 31 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Baclofen and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Tizanidine (Zanaflex) 20
Cyclobenzaprine (Flexeril) 14
Diazepam (Valium) 7
Baclofen Intrathecal pump (Lioresal) 4
Gabapentin (Neurontin) 4

Show all 44 treatments patients report switching to

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244 patient evaluations for Baclofen

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God's Worshipper
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God's Worshipper
Gender: M
Data Quality: 3 stars
Depression: 1
Mania: 0
Emotional: 0
Anxiety: 1
Compulsion: 1
External Stress: Low
59 M
Function: High
Distress: Low
I am: b
I have:
Schizoaffective Disorder

See God's Worshipper's full Baclofen history

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

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Kappy4
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Kappy4
Sex: M
Data Quality: 3 stars
Bulbar: mild
Arms: mild
Chest: moderate
Legs: moderate
I am: n
I have:
ALS

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Dec 9, 2016 (Started Sep 15, 2016)

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

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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Aprilsfool
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Aprilsfool
Sex: M
Data Quality: 2 stars
Sensation: Moderate
Overall: Mild
Cognition: mild
Vision: none
Speech: none
Swallowing: none
Upper limb: moderate
Walking: moderate
I am: g
I have:
MS

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Dec 9, 2016 (Started Jan 16, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Stiffness/Spasticity)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Sometimes
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 20 mg Twice daily
Advice & Tips: Mainly take before bedtime and sometimes during the day to help with spasms
Cost: < $25 monthly

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