What is Baclofen?

Category: Prescription Drugs

Most popular types: Mylan-Baclofen DOM-Baclofen Gabalon Show all

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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 2,396 1,197
multiple sclerosis 1,926 796
Muscle spasms 1,101 616
amyotrophic lateral sclerosis 348 175
Pain 173 72
primary lateral sclerosis 139 151

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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 153
Moderate 288
Mild 535
None 1,142

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Baclofen

Side effect Patients
Sleepiness 132
Fatigue 129
Drowsiness 88
Muscle weakness 61
Dry mouth 56
Tiredness 38

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Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Baclofen

Dosage Patients
10 mg daily 71
10 mg three times daily 71
10 mg twice daily 61
20 mg daily 57
20 mg three times daily 54
30 mg daily 47
10mg as needed 44
60 mg daily 41
40 mg daily 36
80 mg daily 29

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Why patients stopped taking Baclofen

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Did not seem to work 399
Side effects too severe 310
Other 190
Doctor's advice 131
Course of treatment ended 64
Personal research 31
Expense 17
Change in health plan coverage 12
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Duration

Currently taking Baclofen

Duration Patients
1 - 6 months 39
6 months - 1 year 65
1 - 2 years 98
2 - 5 years 146
5 - 10 years 230
10 years or more 181

Stopped taking Baclofen

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 149
1 - 6 months 246
6 months - 1 year 160
1 - 2 years 142
2 - 5 years 156
5 - 10 years 64
10 years or more 36
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 1499
Usually 379
Sometimes 150
Never taken as prescribed 90
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 64
Somewhat hard to take 124
A little hard to take 275
Not at all hard to take 1655
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 17
$100-199 8
$50-99 24
$25-49 104
< $25 1215
Not specified 750

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Baclofen after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Cyclobenzaprine (Flexeril) 46
Tizanidine (Zanaflex) 31
Carisoprodol (Soma) 7
Methocarbamol (Robaxin) 4
Diazepam (Valium) 3

Show all 38 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Baclofen and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Tizanidine (Zanaflex) 24
Cyclobenzaprine (Flexeril) 17
Diazepam (Valium) 7
Baclofen intrathecal pump (Lioresal) 4
Gabapentin (Neurontin) 4

Show all 46 treatments patients report switching to

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246 patient evaluations for Baclofen

jr42
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jr42
Sex: M
Data Quality: 3 stars
Bulbar: none
Arms: severe
Chest: mild
Legs: moderate
I am: vg
I have:
PMA

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Jun 15, 2017 (Started Jun 19, 2014)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for progressive muscular atrophy)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Muscle spasms)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 35 mg Daily

Sep 16, 2016 (Started Jun 19, 2014)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for progressive muscular atrophy)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Muscle spasms)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 35 mg Daily

Jun 10, 2016 (Started Jun 19, 2014)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for progressive muscular atrophy)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Muscle spasms)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 25 mg Daily

Jul 10, 2015 (Started Jun 19, 2014)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for progressive muscular atrophy)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Muscle spasms)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 15 mg Daily

Mar 7, 2015 (Started Jun 19, 2014)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Muscle spasms)
  • Effectiveness
    Can’t tell (for progressive muscular atrophy)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 10 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: can make you dizzy or having a feeling that someone has put a band on your head and is tighting the screw especially after small amount of alcohol!!

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johannarothman
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johannarothman
Sex: F
Data Quality: 3 stars
Bulbar: mild
Arms: none
Chest: none
Legs: moderate
I am: vg
I have:
PLS

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May 14, 2017 (Started Apr 15, 2014)

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

Mar 19, 2017 (Started Apr 15, 2014)

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

Feb 12, 2017 (Started Apr 15, 2014)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Stiffness/Spasticity)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for 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

Nov 20, 2016 (Started Apr 15, 2014)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Stiffness/Spasticity)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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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Criss02
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Criss02
Sex: F
Data Quality: 2 stars
Bulbar: none
Arms: mild
Chest: mild
Legs: moderate
I am: g
I have:
ALS

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Mar 26, 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

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

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