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 2,454 1,262
Multiple sclerosis 1,940 824
Muscle spasms 1,100 623
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis 350 178
Pain 176 75
Primary lateral sclerosis 141 164

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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
153
Moderate
302
Mild
556
None
1,196

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Baclofen

Side effect Patients
Sleepiness 136
Fatigue 134
Drowsiness 92
Muscle weakness 62
Dry mouth 58
Tiredness 42

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Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Baclofen

Dosage Patients
10 mg three times daily 93
10 mg daily 81
20 mg daily 77
30 mg daily 64
60 mg daily 56
10 mg twice daily 53
40 mg daily 50
20 mg three times daily 48
10mg as needed 44
80 mg daily 32

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Why patients stopped taking Baclofen

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Reason Patients
Did not seem to work 415
Side effects too severe 314
Other 192
Doctor's advice 138
Course of treatment ended 68
Personal research 31
Expense 19
Change in health plan coverage 13
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Duration

Currently taking Baclofen

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 2
1 - 6 months 26
6 months - 1 year 40
1 - 2 years 97
2 - 5 years 178
5 - 10 years 270
10 years or more 247

Stopped taking Baclofen

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 158
1 - 6 months 248
6 months - 1 year 159
1 - 2 years 148
2 - 5 years 165
5 - 10 years 63
10 years or more 39
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 1572
Usually 386
Sometimes 152
Never taken as prescribed 97
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 63
Somewhat hard to take 126
A little hard to take 285
Not at all hard to take 1733
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 17
$100-199 6
$50-99 24
$25-49 115
< $25 1254
Not specified 791

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Baclofen after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Cyclobenzaprine (Flexeril) 53
Tizanidine (Zanaflex) 36
Carisoprodol (Soma) 10
Methocarbamol (Robaxin) 7
Diazepam (Valium) 4

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Patients stopped taking Baclofen and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Tizanidine (Zanaflex) 31
Cyclobenzaprine (Flexeril) 20
Diazepam (Valium) 7
Baclofen intrathecal pump (Lioresal) 6
Gabapentin (Neurontin) 5

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252 patient evaluations for Baclofen

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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Jan 15, 2018 (Started Jan 01, 2011)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 60 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

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