Reglan (Metoclopramide) (meh toe KLOE pra mide)
What is Reglan (Metoclopramide) used for?
Reglan (Metoclopramide) is an oral medication commonly used to treat patients with chronic gastroesophageal reflux or to prevent nausea caused by some cancer treatments. It operates by increasing the action of muscles in the digestive tract to empty the stomach`s contents more quickly to prevent them from moving into the oesophagus. It has also shown some effectiveness for stimulating lactation in women who are having trouble producing milk following pregnancy. Your doctor may also recommend the use of this medication for the treatment of other unlisted conditions.
How should I use Reglan (Metoclopramide)?
Reglan (Metoclopramide) is normally administered four times each day thirty minutes following each major meal and just before going to bed. Your individual directions will be determined by your doctor based on your age, weight, health condition, the condition being treated, and the severity of your symptoms. Do not chew, split, or crush the medicine prior to use to avoid destroying or changing the effects of their contents. Ask your doctor any questions you have about using the medicine to ensure the correct administration.
What are the side effects of Reglan (Metoclopramide)?
Some patients using Reglan (Metoclopramide) may experience side effects such as:
Stop using the medicine and contact your doctor as soon as possible if you experience any serious side effects such as muscle tremors, depression, unusual swelling, hallucinations, seizures, jaundice, or serious movement disorders including uncontrolled muscle movements or inability to move. These conditions may require reduced dosages, reduced frequency of administration, or emergency medical attention in serious cases to prevent more health complications from occurring.
Reglan (Metoclopramide) should not be used by patients who are lactose intolerant or who have epilepsy, bleeding in the digestive tract, a blockage in the digestive system, recent surgery on the stomach, gastrointestinal perforation, or a tumour of the adrenal gland. Also disclose if you have Parkinson`s disease, porphyrias, atopic allergies, heart problems, severely reduced liver function, severe decreased kidney function, or if you are currently taking antipsychotic medications. These conditions may cause unexpected health problems requiring special adjustments to your regimen.
Strictly use Reglan (Metoclopramide) as prescribed and follow all instructions provided by your doctor. Safe, suitable, and optimum dosage can vary and is dependent on the patient`s health and medical history, as well as the condition you are treating.
Reglan (Metoclopramide) may not be safe or suitable for all patients. Always ensure your doctor is informed if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, using any other type of medication (including non-prescription medicine, vitamins, and supplements), as well as if you have any allergies, other illnesses, or pre-existing medication conditions.
Seek immediate medical attention or proceed to your nearest accident and emergency department if you suffer a hypersensitive or allergic reaction. Symptoms usually present during a reaction of this nature include difficulty breathing or swallowing, swelling of the limbs or face, tight chest, hives, and skin rashes.