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 2,471 1,290
Multiple sclerosis 1,940 837
Muscle spasms 1,126 653
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis 349 177
Pain 174 77
Primary lateral sclerosis 143 165

Show all 229 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 152
Moderate 310
Mild 575
None 1,231

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Baclofen

Side effect Patients
Sleepiness 136
Fatigue 134
Drowsiness 97
Muscle weakness 62
Dry mouth 60
Tiredness 46

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Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Baclofen

Dosage Patients
10 mg three times daily 87
10 mg daily 79
20 mg daily 72
30 mg daily 56
60 mg daily 53
10 mg twice daily 52
10mg as needed 44
20 mg three times daily 41
40 mg daily 38
80 mg daily 32

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Why patients stopped taking Baclofen

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Reason Patients
Did not seem to work 427
Side effects too severe 317
Other 197
Doctor's advice 140
Course of treatment ended 69
Personal research 34
Expense 19
Change in health plan coverage 14
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Duration

Currently taking Baclofen

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 4
1 - 6 months 26
6 months - 1 year 31
1 - 2 years 67
2 - 5 years 181
5 - 10 years 245
10 years or more 257

Stopped taking Baclofen

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 159
1 - 6 months 250
6 months - 1 year 160
1 - 2 years 151
2 - 5 years 172
5 - 10 years 66
10 years or more 39
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 1613
Usually 398
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 295
Not at all hard to take 1778
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 17
$100-199 8
$50-99 25
$25-49 119
< $25 1271
Not specified 828

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Baclofen after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Cyclobenzaprine (Flexeril) 56
Tizanidine (Zanaflex) 40
Carisoprodol (Soma) 9
Methocarbamol (Robaxin) 8
Diazepam (Valium) 4

Show all 44 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Baclofen and switched to:

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

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251 patient evaluations for Baclofen

Jul 24, 2018 (Started Feb 13, 2016)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for stiffness/spasticity)
  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for multiple sclerosis)
  • Effectiveness
    None (for increased appetite)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 40 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: 26th Will be my IV of Tysabri on July 26th 8:15 Am Baclofen changed to 20 Mg 2 x's a day!
Cost: $25-49 monthly

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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Jul 2, 2018 (Started Feb 19, 2014)

  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for muscle spasms)
  • Side effects
    Mild (sleepiness)
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 10 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: Didn't help.
Cost: < $25 monthly

Dec 20, 2016 (Started Feb 19, 2014)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for muscle spasms)
  • Side effects
    Mild (sleepiness)
  • Adherence
    Sometimes
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 10 mg Three times daily
Advice & Tips: I have been only taking the Baclofen when I have muscle spasms or need to sleep.
Cost: < $25 monthly

Mar 1, 2014 (Started Feb 19, 2014)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for muscle spasms)
  • Side effects
    Mild (sleepiness)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 30 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

Feb 24, 2014 (Started Feb 19, 2014)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for muscle spasms)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (sleepiness)
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 30 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks

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
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