Drug Ratings for BACLOFEN

Average Rating: 3.7 (53 Ratings)

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 5  Fibrmyalgia, ruptured and torn disc none that I can tell Its a lifesaver we started slow with one a night now I'm taking 10mg 11/2 tabs 3 times a day, 2 at bedtime and one as needed, I don't know what I would do without it, for breakthrough pain I have valium but I ran out of baclofen before and it was hell. F 47 15 years
10mg 5X D
9/26/2014
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 1  Cervical Dystonia My arms and shoulders felt weak. I felt weird while laying down (as if it was hard to breathe). I felt tired and had blurred vision. It seemed like it also worsened the Cervical Dystonia. [Note: I took half a pill]. I was taking this to relieve the muscle pain and tension of Cervical Dystonia (a neurological condition). However, it actually made the Dystonia worse so my neurologist and I agreed that it was best for me to stop taking it. M 52 1 days
5 MG 1X D
8/15/2014

 5  muscle spasms after spinal fusion Sleepiness F 51 1 months
10
8/11/2014
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 5  to control muscle spasms Drowsy, and a Chilled body temp. After taking flexeril and zanafex with no marked improvements this has been a wonder drug. Only more effective than baclofen is soma 350mg, however I live in a state where there is a bad drug problem, and have been unable to obtain prescription. F 35 10 weeks
30mgx 3
7/5/2014
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 2  dystonia Sleepiness, increased muscle spasms, urinary urgency F 45 4 months
3x10mg
3/27/2014

 2  neck/shoulder pain & spasms As many others have said, this actually had the opposite effect of what it was supposed to on me. This actually happens to me all the time - if something says "happens to 1% of people taking it" there's a good chance that thing is going to happen to me. It made my shoulder muscles very tense & also gave me dry mouth. On the upside, I didn't have to wake up to pee when I took it, as I usually do. F 32 5 days
10 mg 1X D
3/12/2014
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 1  muscle spasms in back and knee pain Made my back muscles tense up and hurt worse than before and makes my jaw hurt and lock up to the point that I can't eat. Still have back spasms didn't help that at all. Also makes me have a lot of pressure in my head. F 33 6 days
60mg 2xday
2/28/2014
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 5  Muscle Spasms from MS I have had no side effects at all. This drug has been a life saver for me. It stops the spasms. F 48 5 years
15 MG 3X D
11/2/2013
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 1  severe muscle tension After one day of taking this crap drug I woke up with a severely sore jaw and hands from clenching both all night long. I finally talked to a second doctor who told me to stop the baclophen as it could be having the opposite effect on me than intended. So not only did this crap drug not work on my muscle tension which hurts very badly...it added to my muscle pain in my jaw and hands! F 48 1 days
2xDay
6/13/2013

 1  Muscle tightness, spasms in legs Took at bedtime friday, woke up at NOON on Saturday. Face, hands SWOLLEN, very emotional and literally suicidal. Depressed, cried all day till drug effects wore off, then back to normal. If you become depressed or suicidal, please stop this drug immediately!!! Get help if you need to until it leaves your system!! F 47 1 days
10 3X D
4/27/2013

 3  Degenerative disc, stenosis, MS Drowsiness, unsteady balance and more clumsy gait I started on Baclofen to replace Valium, which gave me a hang over. The muscle spasms in my legs would last for hours but have somewhat subsided since I started taking Baclofen. Unfortunately I have developed regular foot cramping in both feet and electric shock sensations in both legs that Baclofen does not seem to help. M 42 10 months
10 mg 3X D
3/7/2013
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 4  Cerebral Palsy Been on this as long as I can remember, main side effect is tiredness F 29 20 years
10mg 3X D
1/21/2013

 1  Cerebral Palsy Anxiety, digestive problems, stiffness, dry peeling skin, join pain, burning sensation in skin all over body, swelling of hands, arms and legs and feet. Urinary incontanence, two kidney stones. I think I have all the Rare/Severe side affects. I took Baclofen for 10 years, starting with 60 mg/day. I worked up to that dose under a Dr's guidance. It worked well for muscle spastiscity for about 5 years, then things started to go bad. At first, I had such weakness in my legs that I couldn't move, so I cut back to 40 mg/day. Then stiffness,and anxiety along with incontinance. I had no idea that all this was from the Baclofen! I just thought it was because I was aging. This past May things EXPLODED. I woke up swollen, (I blamed it on hot weather before) my hands were pink and swollen so much that I can't use my thumbs, and my fingers are stiff. I cut myself down to 30 mg/day and was working on weaning myself off the stuff, but things got so bad that at 20 mg/day, that I just stopped the drug. I felt so awful; anyway, I can't say I noticed a difference. The left side of my body is more swollen that the right, and my current Dr. is thinking Lymphedema, but my symptoms don't add up. I don't have the money to be throughly checked out. I'm currently taking Prilosec because I take 1200 to 1600 mg Advil/day, and Oxazepam 15 mg at night. Oh, yeah, I'm also on 25 mg atenolol for the rapid heart beat from Baclofen. I posted this in case there are others suffering as I am because I've been searching the web without much success. I just wanted others to know they're not the only ones. F 61
10 3X D
12/2/2012

 1  Muscles tension I have gotten really loopy, and emotional. I have insane vivid dreams, so vivid I wake up hysterical crying and it really doesn't even help the muscle Tension In my back just makes me feel like I need to go to the loony been F 19 3 days
10mg
10/30/2012

 2  migraines headache, bad foot cramps at night, decreased inhibition, loss of balance, blurry vision at first I took full dose (20 mg. 3 times a day) and it made me feel out of it and clumsy but helped migraines stop. At a lower dose (5 to 10 mg. once a day) helps headaches and sleeping but after a week or so I begin to get terrible foot cramps at night and increased headaches when it wore off until I take more. Also blurry vision and loss of inhibition. F 63 5 months
20 mg. 3X D
9/13/2012

 4  Bladder spasms Helped tremendously with my flow of urine. I had a weak stream due to spasms and chronic IC. My only concern is that the effects may be waning somewhat but overall has helped a great deal. F 35 1 months
10mg x 3
9/4/2012

 5  Degenerative Disks, Pain, & Spasms I don't remember. F 35 6 years
50 MG
6/22/2012

 5  Nerve Pain/Fibromyalgia None, maybe slight somnolence M 44 1 months
10
5/23/2012

 5  Spinal Cord damage from tumor Was tired in the beginning but that went away in about 2 weeks. Less of an appetite and lost about 5 pounds but that stabilized. This has worked extremely well for my muscle rigidity that was caused by the removal of a spinal cord tumor in 2010. I have less pain and can walk longer distances. Its effect started to diminish after about 2 months and my doctor increased my dose from 10 mg 3 times a day to 20 mg 3 times a day, which he said is the normal dose. I like that I don't gain weight on it and it sure helps me sleep without pain, and go through the day feeling good. F 64 3 months
20 mg 3X D
4/4/2012
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 1  Neck pain, Muscle spasms Worse muscle spasms, worse neck pain, terrible anxiety, increased heart rate, high blood pressure, worse right eye pain, dizziness, confusion. M 33 10 days
10 3X D
11/22/2010

 5  Fibromyalgia, Reverse T3 NONE! This medicine has literally been a life saver for me. Though I am starting to see some breakthrough muscle spasms now, I see that others are taking much more than me. Will talk to Doc about increasing, then I think I will be good to go. And believe me when I say it's a lifesaver, I have not taken any drugs for over 20 years, so to take this was a big step for me. And I am very sensitive, so the fact that I did well with it and no side effects is really big. F 53 3 months
10 mgs 3X D
2/19/2010
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 3  Tinnitus and severe tension Ticks and flinched a lot. Got really speedy on it. Had bizarre bonkers dreams. didn't feel i was myself it worked incredibly for my tinnitus and i actually functioned well for a week, but i felt it had too many side affects and too strong to continue, wish is a shame, so back in bed a lot with anxiety and tinnitus loud. M 41 1 weeks
12/8/2009

 5  Headaches, Back surgery None, Except Pain Relief! After taking soma for about 5 years, and never getting relief my. I found a new doctor and she switched me to Baclofen and it started working right away on everything! WOW....what a relief!!! F 36 1.5 weeks
10/16/2009
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 5  Muscle spasms (everywhere) Have had no adverse side effects. This medication has been a real Godsend for me,I get muscle spasms (charlie horses) every where, hands feet, legs and arms and back and in my neck! They are extremely painfull, and the muscles will just not release and relax when they spasm. With Baclofen the spasms are completely gone, and for the most part as long as I take it every 8 hours I have no spasms at all! I take 25mg every 8 hours, except at 10 PM at night I take 30mg. It also has helped relieve some of my Chronic Pain! M 58 2 years
9/3/2009

 5  back muscle spasm at first it made me drowsy but after about a week I was fine. F 40 5 months
5/14/2009

 5  Left leg muscle jerks/spasms Initially I was very tired and almost stopped taking it after a few days because of this. I then started taking half the recommended dose and ramped up from there over a couple of weeks and the drowsiness was much more tolerable. I still get tired, but not nearly as bad as during the first couple of weeks I was on it. I love this drug - it has given me my life back! My severe leg spasms/jerks have mostly cleared up now. It seems like it took a good month to get the full benefit of being on the drug, so stay with it if you have muscle spasms/jerks and have been put on Baclofen. F 41 45 days
2/22/2009

 5  MS None Works great for muscle spasms. Before I started the medication, I could not stretch my legs without cramps but now I never get them. If I miss a dose I notice cramping in my legs within hours. This med is a life saver. F 37 10 months
7/24/2008

 5  spasticity, multiple sclerosis drowsiness which diminished. No other adverse effects. LOVE IT, LOVE IT. I had been OD'ing on Zanaflex with no relief. Baclofen has been a GODSEND. No effects and gives great relief from the spasms/spasticity associated with multiple sclerosis. F 42 2 months
6/24/2008

 4  Fibromyalgia / muscle spasms None This is the best spasm med out there. The others either make me extremely drowsy or don't work. I wouldn't be able to function without baclofen. I take 20 mg up to 3 times a day. Usually, I take it 2x a day and then take tizanidine at bedtime (makes me drowsy). F 32 2 years
4/8/2008

 5  Tension Headaches No side effects This drug has completely eliminated my tension headaches, and helps me get a full night of sleep. Never wake up feeling groggy like with Skelaxin. Love it! F 24 2 months
2/20/2008

 4  Low Back Muscle Spasms None It worked very well for about a year. Then I seemed to build a tolerance to it and had to switch to Flexeril. When that stops working I'll probably go back to Baclofen F 62 1.5 years
1/16/2008

 5  neck and back pain, alcoholism headache and nausea if taken on an empty stomach I am an addict and alcoholic, this drug works good to eliminate cravings. I did get serious withdrawl symtoms when quiting cold turkey. I take 100mgs a day. It works well for anxiety too. I also have chronic neck and back pain, it helps take the edge off. F 40 5 years
11/3/2007

 5  Cerebral Palsy Just mild drowsiness when I first began F 26 9 months
8/28/2007

 4  muscle spasms, nerve injury dizziness This seems to work better than Flexeril. I take only as neeeded. F 48 2 days
8/4/2007

 4  dystonia, muscle spasms fatigue, bizarre dreams, trembling/tremor if I miss a dose,possibly nausea and abdominal pain but I'm not sure if this is related to the drug I have noticed that when I increase the dose I get fatigued and very tired but after a couple weeks this side effect goes away. I have some gastrointestinal problems (nausea and abdominal pain/irritable bowel syndrome and gastroparesis) that may be exacerbated by the baclofen. If I miss a dose I get trembling and shaking all over almost like I'm shivering but I'm not cold. Overall the baclofen has been the only drug that remarkably helps my dystonia. I am better able to walk and I don't need to use my wheelchair as much. I definitely get more twisting and spasms when it is time for my next dose or if I miss a dose so I know it helps quite a bit. I took Baclofen for 3 years and stopped to get pregnant. Now I am taking it again and it has been about a year. I take 20mg 3 times a day and I have taken as much as 80mg/day without severe side effects. F 30 4 years
6/18/2007
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 2  son is Only on 5 mg so far and isn't working yet for muscle spasms M 29 1 days
5/10/2007

 4  Muscle spasms due to probable MS Drowsiness when I first started taking it, but that diminished over about a month. No side effects at all now. Worked very well for controlling muscle spasms/spasticity in my legs and in my arms caused by probable MS. Started out with 10 mg twice a day, but have had to gradually increase dosage to 30 mg a day. F 44 9 months
4/19/2007

 2  muscle spasms, back injury Sleep disorders. Strange vivid dreams wherein I was "not myself" or in my regular dream state. I'd wake up and think it was having a negative effect on my mind, so I discontinued it. M 56 14 days
4/8/2007

 5  neck spasms (suboccipitals, scm) Don't take on empty stomach. I take 10 mg every 3-1/2 hours. It is as effective as diazepam (valium), but w/out the drunk feeling. I know it works because if I donít take it on time- the spasticity really kicks in quickly. I went through a ton of pills before I found this one and itís the only thing I need. It has improved the quality of my life. M 44 2 months
2/11/2007

 5  back spasms The only side effect I noticed was that it elevated my mood considerably. I then did some research and found out that it can do this. I am bipolar so it was very noticeable to me. It works well for the spasms and actually helps with depression to some degree. I take 30 mgs daily M 49 2 days
9/22/2006
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 4  arm/hand tremors none has iliminated tremors temporarily if drug not taken for 2 days severe tremors come back M 50 1 days
8/30/2006

 4  arm/hand tremors none has iliminated tremors temporarily if drug not taken for 2 days severe tremors come back M 50 1 years
8/30/2006

 5  ms none 20 mg 3xday stops spasms in legs. couldn't do without it. F 59 14 years
8/2/2006

 4  MS None Don't notice anything happining except my RLS went away I'm thankful for that, would take it for that M 69 8 months
2/1/2006
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 2  Muscle spasms, pain Took 1/2 doses 3 times first day, all okay. Started feeling ill but took it in stride second day. Horrible headache/nausea commenced and continued for two more days. Missed two days of work getting it out of my system/getting back on solid food. I had awful headaches on this med. though it seemd to help my other problems. I was unable to take it. It is too bad that I had such a reaction to it since it looked so promising. M 43 2 days
11/18/2004

 1  Nerve Damage The first night I took 10mg I woke up and was seeing gigantic bugs crawling every where the drug did not do anything for my pain or muscle spasms. M 36 1 times
10/24/2004

 5  MS None Helps relax my muscles and stop spasms F 47 2 years
10/18/2004

 5  nerve pain, muscle spasms & cramps none Baclofen relaxes my muscles enough for me to sleep and carry out tasks. I have problems in my right arm and can now do more things than before, with no side effects. Has been a godsend for me. F 26 3.5 years
4/28/2004

 3  back spasms worked somewhat well but after a few days i started having sever heartburn. Discontinued use. M 39 5 days
3/22/2004

 5  back spasm after MVA none just 5 mg 3x day relieved pain from a back spasm that no other meds, including narcotics, could. not enough physicians seem to know about this. my PM doc is an expert on off-label uses of drugs in small doses. F 50 3 months
12/9/2003

 5  Chronic Back Pain None The only medication that releaved my back pain. Now I don't take any pain medication F 51 3 years
8/31/2003

 4  3 back surgeries none F 52 3 years
10/20/2002
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 4  Fractured hip, herniated disks, Excessive sweating, some stomach irritability M 43 3 months
8/19/2002

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