metoclopramide - injection, Reglan (cont.)

USES: Metoclopramide injection is used to prevent nausea and vomiting from surgery or cancer chemotherapy.Metoclopramide is used to treat certain conditions of the stomach and intestines. Metoclopramide is used in diabetic patients who have poor emptying of their stomachs (gastroparesis). Treating gastroparesis can decrease symptoms of nausea, vomiting, and stomach/abdominal fullness. Metoclopramide is used as a short-term treatment (4 to 12 weeks). The injectable form of this medication should only be used when you cannot take the medication by mouth. Your doctor will switch you to the form taken by mouth as soon as you are able to take it.Metoclopramide works by blocking a natural substance (dopamine). It speeds up stomach emptying and movement of the upper intestines.

HOW TO USE: Read the Medication Guide provided by your pharmacist before you start using metoclopramide and each time you get a refill. If you have any questions, consult your doctor or pharmacist.This medication is given by injection into a muscle or vein by a health care professional. It is usually given as a single injection before your treatment/during surgery, or every 2 to 6 hours, or as directed by your doctor. If injecting into a vein, this medication must be given over at least 1 to 2 minutes to lower the risk of side effects such as anxiety, jitteriness, or drowsiness. It may also be mixed in a solution and given into a vein over 15 minutes or longer for higher doses.Before using, check this product visually for particles or discoloration. If either is present, do not use the liquid.Dosage and length of treatment is based on your weight, medical condition, and response to treatment.If this medication has been used regularly for a long time or in high doses, withdrawal symptoms (such as dizziness, nervousness, headaches) may occur if you suddenly stop using this medication. To prevent withdrawal reactions, your doctor may reduce your dose gradually. Consult your doctor or pharmacist for more details, and report any withdrawal reactions immediately.Immediately tell your doctor if your condition persists or worsens while receiving this medication.

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