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.
USES: This medication is used to treat certain conditions of the stomach and intestines. Metoclopramide is used as a short-term treatment (4 to 12 weeks) for persistent heartburn when the usual medicines do not work well enough. It is used mostly for heartburn that occurs after a meal or during the daytime. Treating persistent heartburn can decrease the damage done by stomach acid to the swallowing tube (esophagus) and help healing.Metoclopramide is also 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 works by blocking a natural substance (dopamine). It speeds up stomach emptying and movement of the upper intestines.OTHER This section contains uses of this drug that are not listed in the approved professional labeling for the drug but that may be prescribed by your health care professional. Use this drug for a condition that is listed in this section only if it has been so prescribed by your health care professional.This drug may also be used to prevent nausea/vomiting from chemotherapy or radiation treatments for cancer.
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