What is Baclofen?

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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 2,376 1,173
Multiple Sclerosis 1,922 786
Muscle spasms 1,079 593
ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis) 349 178
Pain 171 68
PLS (Primary Lateral Sclerosis) 134 151

Show all 244 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 146
Moderate 286
Mild 530
None 1,102

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Baclofen

Side effect Patients
Fatigue 128
Sleepiness 128
Drowsiness 86
Muscle weakness 62
Dry mouth 55
Constipation 36

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Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Baclofen

Dosage Patients
10 mg daily 72
10 mg three times daily 71
10 mg twice daily 57
20 mg daily 52
20 mg three times daily 47
30 mg daily 43
60 mg daily 36
10mg as needed 34
40 mg daily 33
10 mg four times daily 23

See all 77 dosages

Why patients stopped taking Baclofen

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Reason Patients
Did not seem to work 400
Side effects too severe 305
Other 190
Doctor's advice 131
Course of treatment ended 61
Personal research 31
Expense 17
Change in health plan coverage 12
See all 946 patients who’ve stopped taking Baclofen

Duration

Currently taking Baclofen

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 2
1 - 6 months 41
6 months - 1 year 57
1 - 2 years 84
2 - 5 years 144
5 - 10 years 194
10 years or more 142

Stopped taking Baclofen

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 148
1 - 6 months 242
6 months - 1 year 159
1 - 2 years 144
2 - 5 years 154
5 - 10 years 64
10 years or more 36
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 1455
Usually 372
Sometimes 147
Never taken as prescribed 90
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 66
Somewhat hard to take 117
A little hard to take 273
Not at all hard to take 1608
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 16
$100-199 8
$50-99 24
$25-49 96
< $25 1188
Not specified 732

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Baclofen after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Cyclobenzaprine (Flexeril) 43
Tizanidine (Zanaflex) 27
Carisoprodol (Soma) 7
Methocarbamol (Robaxin) 4
Diazepam (Valium) 3

Show all 37 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Baclofen and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Tizanidine (Zanaflex) 24
Cyclobenzaprine (Flexeril) 16
Diazepam (Valium) 7
Baclofen Intrathecal pump (Lioresal) 4
Gabapentin (Neurontin) 4

Show all 45 treatments patients report switching to

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248 patient evaluations for Baclofen

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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: vg
I have:
ALS

See Criss02's full Baclofen history

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

See johannarothman's full Baclofen history

Mar 19, 2017 (Started Apr 15, 2014)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Stiffness/Spasticity)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for PLS (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 PLS (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 PLS (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 PLS (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 PLS (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 PLS (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 PLS (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 PLS (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 PLS (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 PLS (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 PLS (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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MicheleBall
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MicheleBall
Sex: F
Data Quality: 2 stars
Relapse: Mild
Sensation: Mild
Overall: Mild
Cognition: mild
Vision: none
Speech: moderate
Swallowing: moderate
Upper limb: mild
Walking: moderate
I am: g
I have:
MS

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Mar 9, 2017 (Started Feb 13, 2016)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for Stiffness/Spasticity)
  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for Multiple Sclerosis)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 10 mg Three times daily
Cost: $25-49 monthly

Feb 17, 2017 (Started Feb 13, 2016)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for Stiffness/Spasticity)
  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for Multiple Sclerosis)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 10 mg Three times daily
Advice & Tips: doing WELL on Tysabri... happy when the month rolls to next month!! It will be 8 months in MARCH~~~
Cost: $25-49 monthly

Dec 8, 2016 (Started Feb 13, 2016)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for Stiffness/Spasticity)
  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for Multiple Sclerosis)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 10 mg Three times daily
Cost: $25-49 monthly

Nov 18, 2016 (Started Feb 13, 2016)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for Stiffness/Spasticity)
  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for Multiple Sclerosis)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 10 mg Three times daily
Advice & Tips: Now done to three hours for treatment.!! Feels GREAT a lot better getting off of Copaxone... no more itching our Bruising
Cost: $25-49 monthly

Nov 15, 2016 (Started Feb 13, 2016)

  • Effectiveness
    Can’t tell (for Stiffness/Spasticity)
  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for Multiple Sclerosis)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Never taken as prescribed
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 10 mg Three times daily
Cost: $25-49 monthly

Sep 17, 2016 (Started Feb 13, 2016)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for Stiffness/Spasticity)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Multiple Sclerosis)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 10 mg Three times daily
Advice & Tips: Tysabri doing well with this.. can't wait for next one on Wed.
Cost: $25-49 monthly

Aug 21, 2016 (Started Feb 13, 2016)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for Stiffness/Spasticity)
  • Effectiveness
    Can’t tell (for Multiple Sclerosis)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 10 mg Three times daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

May 11, 2016 (Started Feb 13, 2016)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for Stiffness/Spasticity)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Multiple Sclerosis)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 10 mg Three times daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

Apr 27, 2016 (Started Feb 13, 2016)

  • Effectiveness
    None (for Multiple Sclerosis)
  • Side effects
    Mild (Itching)
  • Adherence
    Sometimes
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 10 mg Three times daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

Apr 14, 2016 (Started Feb 13, 2016)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for Multiple Sclerosis)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 10 mg Three times daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

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