What is Baclofen?

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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 2,462 1,275
Multiple sclerosis 1,941 832
Muscle spasms 1,111 641
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis 350 178
Pain 175 76
Primary lateral sclerosis 140 164

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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 303
Mild 566
None 1,212

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Baclofen

Side effect Patients
Sleepiness 136
Fatigue 134
Drowsiness 94
Muscle weakness 62
Dry mouth 59
Tiredness 43

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Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Baclofen

Dosage Patients
10 mg three times daily 88
20 mg daily 80
10 mg daily 77
30 mg daily 66
60 mg daily 56
10 mg twice daily 55
40 mg daily 53
20 mg three times daily 49
10mg as needed 46
80 mg daily 30

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Why patients stopped taking Baclofen

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Reason Patients
Did not seem to work 422
Side effects too severe 315
Other 193
Doctor's advice 139
Course of treatment ended 68
Personal research 32
Expense 19
Change in health plan coverage 13
See all 987 patients who've stopped taking Baclofen

Duration

Currently taking Baclofen

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 3
1 - 6 months 19
6 months - 1 year 45
1 - 2 years 90
2 - 5 years 184
5 - 10 years 267
10 years or more 255

Stopped taking Baclofen

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 159
1 - 6 months 249
6 months - 1 year 160
1 - 2 years 149
2 - 5 years 166
5 - 10 years 64
10 years or more 40
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 1593
Usually 391
Sometimes 152
Never taken as prescribed 99
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 64
Somewhat hard to take 130
A little hard to take 291
Not at all hard to take 1750
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 17
$100-199 8
$50-99 24
$25-49 115
< $25 1265
Not specified 806

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Baclofen after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Cyclobenzaprine (Flexeril) 55
Tizanidine (Zanaflex) 38
Carisoprodol (Soma) 10
Methocarbamol (Robaxin) 7
Diazepam (Valium) 4

Show all 43 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Baclofen and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Tizanidine (Zanaflex) 32
Cyclobenzaprine (Flexeril) 20
Baclofen intrathecal pump (Lioresal) 7
Diazepam (Valium) 7
Methocarbamol (Robaxin) 5

Show all 38 treatments patients report switching to

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252 patient evaluations for Baclofen

Feb 21, 2018 (Started Mar 10, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for pain)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for muscle spasms)
  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for multiple sclerosis)
  • Side effects
    Mild (excessive daytime sleepiness (somnolence))
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 20 mg Daily
Side effects: excessive daytime sleepiness (somnolence), excessive daytime sleepiness (somnolence)

Nov 10, 2014 (Started Mar 10, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for muscle spasms)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for pain)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for multiple sclerosis)
  • Side effects
    Mild (excessive daytime sleepiness (somnolence))
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 60 mg Daily
Side effects: excessive daytime sleepiness (somnolence), excessive daytime sleepiness (somnolence)

May 5, 2010 (Started Mar 10, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for pain)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for muscle spasms)
  • Side effects
    Mild (excessive daytime sleepiness (somnolence))
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 20 mg Daily
Side effects: excessive daytime sleepiness (somnolence), excessive daytime sleepiness (somnolence)

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Feb 2, 2018 (Started Aug 10, 2011)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for muscle spasms)
  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for multiple sclerosis)
  • Side effects
    Mild (excessive daytime sleepiness (somnolence))
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 30 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: 2018-02-02: After I broke my right arm at the shoulder, Dr had me increase the dosage to 10mg twice a day and 30mg at bed time.
Cost: $25-49 monthly

Jul 19, 2016 (Started Aug 10, 2011)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for muscle spasms)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for multiple sclerosis)
  • Side effects
    Mild (excessive daytime sleepiness (somnolence))
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 5 mg Three times daily
Advice & Tips: To avoid the daytime sleepiness, I take 5mg with breakfast (7am) and mid-afternoon (3pm). Starting today my doctor and I agreed I should also take 20mg after dinner. If that makes me sleepy overnight, there is no harm done. And that should help alleviate spasms at bedtime.
Cost: $25-49 monthly

Jan 2, 2015 (Started Aug 10, 2011)

  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for multiple sclerosis)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for muscle spasms)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (excessive daytime sleepiness (somnolence))
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 5 mg Three times daily
Advice & Tips: I take mine with other meds at Breakfast (7am), Mid-afternoon (3pm) and before bed (11pm).
Cost: < $25 monthly

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Jan 17, 2018 (Started Dec 15, 2017)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for stiffness/spasticity)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for multiple sclerosis)
  • Side effects
    Mild (fatigue)
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 10 mg Three times daily
Advice & Tips: It's not the first time I've taken Baclofen, but it has done wonders when taken daily. When I first took Baclofen, I made the mistake of not taking it everyday and I didn't get the benefits. Also, the side effect of tiredness didn't help. I'm not dealing with much of the side effects now and taking it every day really helps with spasticity. I still deal with some, but not nearly to the extent as I was.

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