What is Baclofen?

Category: Prescription Drugs

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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 2,407 1,213
multiple sclerosis 1,929 806
Muscle spasms 1,114 632
amyotrophic lateral sclerosis 350 176
Pain 173 73
primary lateral sclerosis 139 153

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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 156
Moderate 289
Mild 542
None 1,160

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Baclofen

Side effect Patients
Sleepiness 132
Fatigue 130
Drowsiness 90
Muscle weakness 61
Dry mouth 56
Tiredness 39

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Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Baclofen

Dosage Patients
10 mg daily 73
10 mg three times daily 72
20 mg daily 62
10 mg twice daily 60
20 mg three times daily 53
30 mg daily 45
10mg as needed 43
60 mg daily 40
40 mg daily 29
80 mg daily 28

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Why patients stopped taking Baclofen

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Reason Patients
Did not seem to work 404
Side effects too severe 310
Other 192
Doctor's advice 132
Course of treatment ended 66
Personal research 32
Expense 17
Change in health plan coverage 12
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Duration

Currently taking Baclofen

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 8
1 - 6 months 36
6 months - 1 year 47
1 - 2 years 88
2 - 5 years 163
5 - 10 years 230
10 years or more 175

Stopped taking Baclofen

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 151
1 - 6 months 245
6 months - 1 year 162
1 - 2 years 143
2 - 5 years 160
5 - 10 years 64
10 years or more 37
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 1522
Usually 381
Sometimes 151
Never taken as prescribed 93
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 64
Somewhat hard to take 125
A little hard to take 275
Not at all hard to take 1683
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 17
$100-199 8
$50-99 24
$25-49 108
< $25 1231
Not specified 759

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Baclofen after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Cyclobenzaprine (Flexeril) 46
Tizanidine (Zanaflex) 32
Carisoprodol (Soma) 8
Methocarbamol (Robaxin) 4
Diazepam (Valium) 3

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Patients stopped taking Baclofen and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Tizanidine (Zanaflex) 26
Cyclobenzaprine (Flexeril) 18
Diazepam (Valium) 7
Gabapentin (Neurontin) 5
Baclofen intrathecal pump (Lioresal) 4

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248 patient evaluations for Baclofen

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

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Jun 25, 2017 (Started Jun 12, 2008)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Stiffness/Spasticity)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 20 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

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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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