What is Baclofen?

Category: Prescription Drugs

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

false

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 2,424 1,229
Multiple sclerosis 1,936 815
Muscle spasms 1,081 609
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis 350 177
Pain 173 74
Primary lateral sclerosis 141 159

Show all 226 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 154
Moderate 295
Mild 544
None 1,164

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Baclofen

Side effect Patients
Sleepiness 134
Fatigue 133
Drowsiness 91
Muscle weakness 61
Dry mouth 57
Tiredness 39

Show all 256 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Baclofen

Dosage Patients
10 mg three times daily 70
10 mg daily 66
10 mg twice daily 60
20 mg daily 60
20 mg three times daily 53
30 mg daily 48
60 mg daily 45
40 mg daily 37
10mg as needed 36
20 mg four times daily 29

See all 82 dosages

Why patients stopped taking Baclofen

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Did not seem to work 409
Side effects too severe 312
Other 192
Doctor's advice 134
Course of treatment ended 67
Personal research 31
Expense 18
Change in health plan coverage 13
See all 968 patients who've stopped taking Baclofen

Duration

Currently taking Baclofen

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 2
1 - 6 months 33
6 months - 1 year 43
1 - 2 years 87
2 - 5 years 174
5 - 10 years 220
10 years or more 186

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 38
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 1531
Usually 380
Sometimes 151
Never taken as prescribed 95
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 62
Somewhat hard to take 125
A little hard to take 279
Not at all hard to take 1691
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 17
$100-199 8
$50-99 24
$25-49 110
< $25 1226
Not specified 772

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Baclofen after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Cyclobenzaprine (Flexeril) 48
Tizanidine (Zanaflex) 35
Carisoprodol (Soma) 8
Methocarbamol (Robaxin) 5
Diazepam (Valium) 3

Show all 39 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Baclofen and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Tizanidine (Zanaflex) 26
Cyclobenzaprine (Flexeril) 20
Diazepam (Valium) 7
Gabapentin (Neurontin) 5
Methocarbamol (Robaxin) 5

Show all 46 treatments patients report switching to

Last updated:

249 patient evaluations for Baclofen

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

  • 0 helpful marks

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.

  • 0 helpful marks

Jul 2, 2017 (Started May 27, 2013)

  • Effectiveness
    None (for multiple sclerosis)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Never taken as prescribed
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take

Apr 9, 2016 (Started May 27, 2013)

  • Effectiveness
    Can’t tell (for multiple sclerosis)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Sometimes
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take

  • 0 helpful marks
Last updated:
Showing 3 of 249 patient evaluations for Baclofen