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 2,466 1,287
Multiple sclerosis 1,939 835
Muscle spasms 1,121 649
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis 349 177
Pain 173 74
Primary lateral sclerosis 142 165

Show all 230 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 308
Mild 568
None 1,224

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Baclofen

Side effect Patients
Sleepiness 136
Fatigue 134
Drowsiness 95
Muscle weakness 62
Dry mouth 59
Tiredness 45

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Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Baclofen

Dosage Patients
10 mg three times daily 89
10 mg daily 80
20 mg daily 75
30 mg daily 66
60 mg daily 58
10 mg twice daily 57
40 mg daily 50
10mg as needed 48
20 mg three times daily 45
80 mg daily 35

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Why patients stopped taking Baclofen

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Reason Patients
Did not seem to work 423
Side effects too severe 317
Other 195
Doctor's advice 139
Course of treatment ended 68
Personal research 34
Expense 19
Change in health plan coverage 13
See all 992 patients who've stopped taking Baclofen

Duration

Currently taking Baclofen

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 1
1 - 6 months 28
6 months - 1 year 47
1 - 2 years 75
2 - 5 years 185
5 - 10 years 260
10 years or more 278

Stopped taking Baclofen

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 159
1 - 6 months 250
6 months - 1 year 159
1 - 2 years 150
2 - 5 years 169
5 - 10 years 66
10 years or more 39
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 1603
Usually 394
Sometimes 157
Never taken as prescribed 100
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 64
Somewhat hard to take 131
A little hard to take 293
Not at all hard to take 1766
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 17
$100-199 8
$50-99 24
$25-49 117
< $25 1268
Not specified 820

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Baclofen after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Cyclobenzaprine (Flexeril) 56
Tizanidine (Zanaflex) 39
Carisoprodol (Soma) 10
Methocarbamol (Robaxin) 7
Diazepam (Valium) 4

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Patients stopped taking Baclofen and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Tizanidine (Zanaflex) 32
Cyclobenzaprine (Flexeril) 19
Diazepam (Valium) 8
Baclofen intrathecal pump (Lioresal) 7
Methocarbamol (Robaxin) 5

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251 patient evaluations for Baclofen

Jun 12, 2018 (Started Jan 01, 2008)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for stiffness/spasticity)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for multiple sclerosis)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Sometimes
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 80 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: Don't arbitrarily stop taking. I was feeling rather well and thought it was a good time to see if the Baclofen was working. It was. My body took absolute delight in reminding me why I was taking them in the first place.
Cost: < $25 monthly

Feb 21, 2015 (Started Jan 01, 2008)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for stiffness/spasticity)
  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for multiple sclerosis)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 80 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

Sep 14, 2010 (Started Jan 01, 2008)

  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for stiffness/spasticity)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 60 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks

Apr 25, 2018 (Started Feb 05, 2018)

  • Effectiveness
    None (for stiffness/spasticity)
  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for muscle spasms)
  • Side effects
    Mild (cough)
  • Adherence
    Sometimes
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 10 mg Three times daily

  • 0 helpful marks

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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