metoclopramide - oral, Reglan
GENERIC NAME: METOCLOPRAMIDE - ORAL (MET-oh-KLOE-pra-mide)
BRAND NAME(S): Reglan
WARNING: This medication may cause a condition known as tardive dyskinesia. In some cases, this condition may be permanent. Tardive dyskinesia is more likely to occur when metoclopramide is used for longer than 3 months, in high doses, or when used in the elderly (especially elderly women). Contact your doctor immediately if you develop any unusual uncontrolled movements (especially of the face, mouth, tongue, arms or legs). There is no treatment for tardive dyskinesia, but in some cases symptoms may lessen or stop once metoclopramide is stopped.
Because of the risk for tardive dyskinesia, metoclopramide should not be used for longer than 3 months (12 weeks), except in rare cases where the benefits of this drug outweigh the risk of developing tardive dyskinesia. Discuss the risks and benefits with your doctor.
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