What is Baclofen?

Category: Prescription Drugs

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

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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 2,391 1,190
Multiple Sclerosis 1,927 798
Muscle spasms 1,098 611
ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis) 348 173
Pain 172 71
PLS (Primary Lateral Sclerosis) 138 150

Show all 248 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 149
Moderate 288
Mild 536
None 1,129

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Baclofen

Side effect Patients
Sleepiness 132
Fatigue 129
Drowsiness 88
Muscle weakness 61
Dry mouth 56
Tiredness 38

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Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Baclofen

Dosage Patients
10 mg daily 74
10 mg three times daily 73
20 mg daily 65
10 mg twice daily 60
20 mg three times daily 54
30 mg daily 48
10mg as needed 44
60 mg daily 42
40 mg daily 34
80 mg daily 29

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Why patients stopped taking Baclofen

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Did not seem to work 400
Side effects too severe 306
Other 191
Doctor's advice 130
Course of treatment ended 63
Personal research 31
Expense 17
Change in health plan coverage 12
See all 949 patients who’ve stopped taking Baclofen

Duration

Currently taking Baclofen

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 1
1 - 6 months 39
6 months - 1 year 68
1 - 2 years 97
2 - 5 years 151
5 - 10 years 236
10 years or more 180

Stopped taking Baclofen

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 147
1 - 6 months 244
6 months - 1 year 160
1 - 2 years 143
2 - 5 years 156
5 - 10 years 64
10 years or more 36
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 1485
Usually 378
Sometimes 148
Never taken as prescribed 91
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 65
Somewhat hard to take 122
A little hard to take 272
Not at all hard to take 1643
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 17
$100-199 8
$50-99 24
$25-49 104
< $25 1206
Not specified 743

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Baclofen after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Cyclobenzaprine (Flexeril) 45
Tizanidine (Zanaflex) 31
Carisoprodol (Soma) 7
Methocarbamol (Robaxin) 4
Diazepam (Valium) 3

Show all 38 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Baclofen and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Tizanidine (Zanaflex) 24
Cyclobenzaprine (Flexeril) 17
Diazepam (Valium) 7
Baclofen intrathecal pump (Lioresal) 4
Diclofenac (Voltaren Gel) 4

Show all 47 treatments patients report switching to

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247 patient evaluations for Baclofen

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

See johannarothman's full Baclofen history

May 14, 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

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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Criss02
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Criss02
Sex: F
Data Quality: 2 stars
Bulbar: none
Arms: moderate
Chest: none
Legs: moderate
I am: g
I have:
ALS

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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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MicheleBall
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MicheleBall
Sex: F
Data Quality: 2 stars
Relapse: Mild
Sensation: Moderate
Overall: Mild
Cognition: moderate
Vision: mild
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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