What is Baclofen?

Category: Prescription Drugs

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

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See also: Amantadine-amitriptyline-baclofen-clonidine-lidocaine-nifedipine-prilocaine Baclofen-gabapentin-ketoprofen-lidocaine topical 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 2,432 1,241
Multiple sclerosis 1,938 820
Muscle spasms 1,082 612
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis 350 177
Pain 174 75
Primary lateral sclerosis 141 161

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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 154
Moderate 297
Mild 548
None 1,172

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Baclofen

Side effect Patients
Sleepiness 134
Fatigue 133
Drowsiness 92
Muscle weakness 62
Dry mouth 57
Tiredness 39

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Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Baclofen

Dosage Patients
10 mg three times daily 80
20 mg daily 63
10 mg daily 62
10 mg twice daily 57
20 mg three times daily 50
60 mg daily 45
30 mg daily 44
40 mg daily 40
10mg as needed 33
20 mg four times daily 29

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Why patients stopped taking Baclofen

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Reason Patients
Did not seem to work 412
Side effects too severe 311
Other 192
Doctor's advice 135
Course of treatment ended 66
Personal research 31
Expense 18
Change in health plan coverage 13
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Duration

Currently taking Baclofen

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 2
1 - 6 months 35
6 months - 1 year 34
1 - 2 years 89
2 - 5 years 174
5 - 10 years 217
10 years or more 188

Stopped taking Baclofen

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 151
1 - 6 months 248
6 months - 1 year 163
1 - 2 years 143
2 - 5 years 163
5 - 10 years 63
10 years or more 39
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 1543
Usually 380
Sometimes 153
Never taken as prescribed 95
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 62
Somewhat hard to take 126
A little hard to take 281
Not at all hard to take 1702
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 17
$100-199 8
$50-99 24
$25-49 110
< $25 1233
Not specified 779

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Baclofen after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Cyclobenzaprine (Flexeril) 49
Tizanidine (Zanaflex) 35
Carisoprodol (Soma) 8
Methocarbamol (Robaxin) 6
Diazepam (Valium) 3

Show all 39 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Baclofen and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Tizanidine (Zanaflex) 28
Cyclobenzaprine (Flexeril) 19
Diazepam (Valium) 7
Baclofen intrathecal pump (Lioresal) 5
Gabapentin (Neurontin) 5

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249 patient evaluations for Baclofen

Oct 8, 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

Aug 6, 2017 (Started Apr 15, 2014)

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

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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Sep 28, 2017 (Started Jan 15, 2016)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for stiffness/spasticity)
  • Side effects
    Mild (painful lymph nodes (glands))
  • Adherence
    Sometimes
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 20 mg Three times daily
Advice & Tips: I slowed down on this medication to hopefully be able to get into some trials. I think its purpose has worn off.
Cost: < $25 monthly

Aug 15, 2015 (Started Jan 15, 2016)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for stiffness/spasticity)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Advice & Tips: I must say that taking this medication prior to going to bed has helped with the leg cramping during the night. Also the dosage was increased from 2 to 3 times per day @ 20mg, of which now includes the evening dose.
Cost: < $25 monthly

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Aug 26, 2017 (Started Feb 23, 1995)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for stiffness/spasticity)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 20 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: I have the 20 m.g. dosage at night at bedtime. I don't believe I have any unexpected benefits, and, the impact has been very beneficial for nighttime spasticity.
Cost: < $25 monthly

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