User Reviews for Baclofen
Also known as: Gablofen, Kemstro, Lioresal, Lioresal Intrathecal
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Reviews for Baclofen to treat Muscle Spasm
Review by Celidwen (taken for less than 1 month):
I suffer with Ehlers Danlos Syndrome and suffer from chronic muscle spasms that affect my whole body and they are terribly painful. I was recently switched to baclofen and all I can say is - wow!! I can actually MOVE again. I had actually forgotten what it feels like to be able to move. No side effects either and great pain relief. Absolutely over the moon.
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January 25, 2015 3:22 AM
Review by James1007:
I have a spinal cord injury and have intense spasticity in my legs and this medicine helped in just a few hours of taking it.
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January 24, 2015 1:10 AM
Review by PaPis Girl:
Lioresal (baclofen): Been taking these due to 2 back surgeries within a 9 month period. Doesn't really help with my muscle spasms.
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January 5, 2015 8:44 PM
Review by denver27:
I have a lot of different pains due to fibromyalgia and nerve damage and sciatica and a stroke and spinal cord disease I take 1 20 milligram at night only because it does make you very tired and only time I really noticed it working is when I don't take it then my pain is much worse.
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December 6, 2014 8:45 PM
Review by LizMax (taken for less than 1 month):
I am 33 & I have protruding discs at my L3-S1 levels. I am in pain management until I can have surgery. Because of the condition of my discs I have electric, debilitating muscle spasms in my lower back. At the time of my most recent episode, I was on 10 mg Valium for muscle relaxant & 10 mg Flexeril. The Flexeril & Valium did nothing, nothing for my spasms. Luckily, I had an appointment with my pain management doctor, and he prescribed Baclofen as he could feel the spasms. I was told to stop Flexeril and take the Baclofen -- which I did immediately (10 mg). Baclofen was miraculous! It stopped the spasms almost immediately & by the next morning (today), my back felt almost completely normal. Thank you. I can actually make it to work!!
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October 23, 2014 9:05 AM
Review by Shay4204 (taken for 1 to 2 years):
I was put on Baclofen for migraine/cluster headache as a treatment prevention and rescue medicine. It works great for me. It also helps my spasms from having a bladder and kidney disease and ruptured discs. It doesn't help the nerve pain, but overall I think it's better than every other muscle relaxer I've tried. I've had reactions to most and very allergic to Flexeril. I take 20mg up to 4x a day. I'm also okay on Percocet and Klonopin. The 3 make everyday life with constant pain and headaches a lot easier to deal with.
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April 12, 2014 5:38 AM
Review by tyga_nay (taken for less than 1 month):
Thrilled to say the least. I have a prolapsed disc in L4/ L5. The pain and spasms I get as a result are absolute modern day torture. I had another spasm today whilst a long way from home and my normal GP. I went to a drop in clinic and the doc prescribed Baclofen. I've never had such relief. I've had all types of medicines, from Valium to Celebrex and the norm over counter medicines. This is by far the best. Also have bipolar and am on methadone for a painkiller addiction. I have to say that I am excited by the prospect of how this new medication could potentially change my everyday life. And so much the better if it helps with anxiety and withdrawal from opioids.
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January 24, 2014 4:16 AM
Review by lbriggs169:
I've had sciatica for 20 years. On and of a number of different meds but had negative effects. Had a bad fall Oct 30-2013 (i'm 65 on walker and canes) and square on my coccyx. Oh boy. Doc gave me Toradol pills--nothing, then cyclobenzaprine--bad effect, then BACLOFEN 5MG 3X DAY DOES HELP ME SLEEP AT NIGHT. ON IT NOW A MONTH.
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December 23, 2013 10:16 PM
Review by aikijujitsuchick (taken for less than 1 month):
Taking for neck and back pain, and sciatica from being in a MVA. Seems to make my hearing sensitive--when I read to my daughter, it's like my voice is too loud so I have to speak very softly. Absolutely no drowsiness, but I have had a killer headache in the back of my head for days. It has not made any drastic difference in my muscle pain and sciatica, but I have only been on it less than one week. Will keep trying it until my follow up in a week. So far, so good, except for the bad, bad headache in the back of my head. Sleeping good and waking refreshed, unlike when I took Soma.
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November 17, 2013 11:25 PM
Review by Shaun.p (taken for 1 to 6 months):
I take 10mg at 60mg a day for a nerve impingement in my shoulder, a herniated disc and sciatica. In the past I have tried Vicodin, Percocet, oxycodone 15, Flexeril, and Soma. None of those medicines come close to working as well as baclofen. It also works way better than Xanax or Klonopin for anxiety.
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October 6, 2013 7:18 AM
Review by robin-chan (taken for less than 1 month):
Last time I had really bad cramps, several months ago, doctor prescribed 10mg, 3 x's a day, for 10 days. I remembered I was a 'low doser' so I took only half a tablet for 6 days. Result was wonderful! Spasms in diaphragm, bilateral waistline, bilateral buttocks, back, shoulders, neck, hands, legs, feet, lowest abdomen, all ceased and desisted in two and a half days. This time, a couple of days ago, I called for a new prescription and then forgot to take half a pill--took a whole 10mg, 3x's a day for two days, as prescribed, and got treated to a whole bunch of weird side effects--intense sleepiness, hallucinations, very shallow breathing, edema, but no cessation of spasms and pain. So now I'll wait several days and try half a pill again.
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September 14, 2013 5:31 PM
Review by lmchotrod (taken for 1 to 2 years):
Lioresal (baclofen): I was taken off Soma and put on Baclofen to help with extremely painful muscle spasms that I've been told are related to my fibromyalgia. I was extremely surprised and grateful to find out that this medication while not preventing the spasms, does stop them dead in their tracks when taken as soon as they start. I've had no noticeable side effects. A real God send for me.
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September 13, 2013 11:32 AM
Review by mikey6ft8 (taken for 1 to 6 months):
I had 2 laminectomies at L4/L5 and the first one failed in 6 years, the second has been holding its own, but scar tissue has formed and the disks above and below are impinging the nerve slightly. After 2 years of trying every muscle relaxer my pain management doctor used Baclofen 10mg 3 x daily. I noticed improvement within a week and now in combination with Cymbalta 60mg daily, I can walk on my right leg without having to sit down every 5 minutes. I don't have any side effects from Baclofen like Flexeril where I would drag all day and then the next day feel hung over and could not get off the couch.
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July 1, 2013 1:55 AM
Review by Anonymous:
Lioresal (baclofen): Taking 20mg per day of Baclofen for Levator Syndrome (pelvic muscle spams). The only thing that has ever worked for this condition. No side effects that I can tell.
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June 12, 2013 6:22 PM
Review by tootlesjb:
I too suffer from back and leg pain. I have had 3 surgery's pain stimulator implanted as well. The back and leg spasms have gotten so bad starting around 2pm till I wake in the morning. Some nights I'm up all night. Started medicines as directed 1st time. But had some very strange reactions. Like I couldn't breath, almost paralyzed, then hives. So I stopped. But the spasms became so bad, I just couldn't bare to go on anymore this way. I started again taking 1/2 a pill 2 times then 3 times. So far I just itch, I can deal with that. It is helping with spasms, that is the best part of all. And OMG if it also helps with migraines, that would be even better, since I am also being treated for them as well. Life can be unbearable. Thanks for help.
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June 8, 2013 9:52 AM
Review by melissa hundley (taken for 1 to 6 months):
I have bone spurs on my cervical spine and I have severe muscle spasms and chronic back pain along with restless syndrome and degenerative bone disease. Yes I'm also falling apart and I'm only 38 yrs old. My doctor tried different scripts to relieve the pain and burning in my neck and shoulder but I never found relief until I started taking 10mg Baclofen. It also helped me at night with my insomnia. I thank my doctor at every visit. I'd still be in pain if it weren't for Baclofen.
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March 22, 2013 10:05 AM
Review by Chuck515:
I have severe back pain, and nerve impingement. I have tried at least 7 medications that are used to treat this disorder. There are some that work better but the side effects make it impossible to live a normal life. There are those that don't work at all. This is the only medication that I have taken that allows me to live a normal life. I can sit in a chair or ride in a car without my back spasms killing me. Baclofen is the only medicine I have found that allows me to work without spasms, and not be so fatigued like a zombie.
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March 2, 2013 10:55 PM
Review by blackie13uk (taken for 1 to 2 years):
Lioresal (baclofen): I find this medication has been great in controlling the muscle spasms I have been experiencing. However it isn't very effective in easing the neuropathic pain I also experience.
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January 2, 2013 6:41 PM
Review by Anonymous:
I had back surgery- severe, debilitating migraines (one per week)- a stroke at age 30 (8 years ago)- knee, shoulder, wrist, ankle and hand surgeries. Call me Humpty Dumpty because I would have fallen apart but Baclofen has helped put me back together again. It cuts down on the spasms and helps dull the pain. My migraines are down to 1 a month and over within 12-24 hours. I take 10MGs x 8 pills before bed. I take Ambien to help me sleep but have HUGE problems waking up and staying awake. I have fallen asleep at work (bad when you are a teacher). My Dr. started me on Nuvigil 250MG mornings and it is a life/job saver. Also taking Seroquel, Nexium, Triliptal, Exalgo, Lexapro, 15000 UI of vitamin D and had to start Hyzaar since beginning Baclofen.
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August 23, 2012 10:37 AM
Review by DNT (taken for less than 1 month):
This medicine should not be given to the elderly due to side effects causing dizziness. If you are experiencing nausea prior to the use of this medicine, do not take it, it will increase the symptoms.
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May 17, 2012 6:57 PM
Review by kmaverikaz:
I have been taking Baclofen for over 5 years for muscle spasms and sciatica. It helps tremendously for the spasms and overall back muscle mobility but does nothing for sciatica pain. This is an outstanding adjunct to an NSAID or other pain reliever. Baclofen has allowed me to completely bend over and put my palms on the floor; something I couldn't do for years. I share the sentiment of an old post that Baclofen off label significantly decreases my anxiety associated with post traumatic stress disorder. I take 10mgs three times a day. Highly recommend this for spasms, anxiety and increased quality of sleep.
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March 23, 2012 7:51 AM
Review by usamel:
Was given this medication post hysteroscopy when I suffered severe hip, knee and leg pain. Nothing touched it. Had major painkillers to no effect. Baclofen was a lifesaver. Also have fibromyalgia and the bonus is I can feel a massive difference with that now as well. Am a bit dizzy, hope it will pass in time cause the benefits are worth it! No other side effects at all.
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October 20, 2011 11:06 AM
Review by lisabella00:
Finally relief. I have suffered all of my adult life with severe pain from menstrual cramps. After taking Lupron (which stopped my period) I was left with these reactive painful pelvic/uterine muscle spasms. The muscle would seize up and cause pain for no reason. Baclofen worked from day one. And no sleepiness and no loopy feeling--very nice.
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October 12, 2011 4:28 PM
Review by Anonymous:
Take 3x/day for fibromyalgia - lifesaver! Tried almost all other muscle relaxers, and baclofen works the best for chronic muscle spasms and pain.
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September 20, 2011 4:36 PM
Review by Kathyblack45:
Back injury: This medicine caused me to jerk uncontrollable. It also caused me to lose time I could not keep my mind straight.
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September 15, 2011 12:39 PM