Reglan (Metoclopramide)

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What is Reglan (Metoclopramide) prescribed for?

This medication is used to treat conditions that affect the stomach and the intestines.  Normally it is used as a short-term treatment for about 4 to 12 weeks, to combat heartburn when the usual medications do not work well enough. It is used mostly for heartburn that occurs after a meal or during the daytime. Treating any persistent heartburn can decrease the damage the stomach acid does to the esophagus and to help in the healing process overall.

Metoclopramide is also used as a treatment for diabetic patients who have poor emptying of their stomachs. Treating gastroparesis can decrease various symptoms such as nasusea, vomiting, and stomach and abdominal fullness. In this circumstance this medication works by blocking the natural substance dopamine, and speeds up stomach emptying and movement of the upper instestines.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding this medication, consult with your doctor or pharmacist on the matter. Take this medication directly has prescribed, and make sure to read the instructions on the prescription label.  And if you have any concerns, speak with your medical professional.

This medication is to be taken by mouth and 30 minutes before meals and at bedtime. Therefore this medication is usually taken 4 times a day.

Be sure to wash and dry your hands before and after taking this medication. And remember the dosage is based on your medical condition and your response to the treatment. Be sure to tell your doctor about all of the other medications you may be taking, which includes prescription drugs, non prescription drugs and any herbal products.

If heartburn only occurs at certain times (such as after the evening meal), your doctor may direct you to take a single dose before those times instead of taking it throughout the day. This will reduce your risk of side effects.

Before taking this medication, it is best to advise your doctor if you are allergic Metoclopramide; or to any other medications or allergies in general. This product may contain inactive ingredients, which can cause allergic reactions or other problems.

Before taking this medication, it is for the best to inform your doctor of your Medical history, especially if you have ever had the following; history of movement/muscle disorders (such as tardive dyskinesia, dystonia) caused by a medication, bleeding/blockage/hole in the intestines/stomach, breast cancer, high blood pressure, kidney problems, heart failure, mental/mood problems (such as depression, thoughts of suicide), Parkinson's disease, liver problems (such as cirrhosis, porphyria), pheochromocytoma, seizures, a certain blood enzyme problem (NADH-cytochrome b5 reductase deficiency).

Liquid products may contain alcohol. Caution is advised if you have diabetes, alcohol dependence, liver disease, or any other condition that requires you to limit alcohol. Ask your doctor or pharmacist about using this product safely.

Disintegrating tablets may contain aspartame or phenylalanine. If you have phenylketonuria (PKU) or any other condition that requires you to limit/avoid aspartame or phenylalanine in your diet, ask your doctor or pharmacist about using this medication safely.

If you have diabetes, this product may make it harder to control your blood sugar. Check your blood sugar regularly as directed and share the results with your doctor. Tell your doctor right away if you have high or low blood sugar. Your doctor may need to adjust your diabetes medication, exercise program, or diet.

While minor, some of these side effects may occur. They are as follows; Drowsiness, dizziness, tiredness, trouble sleeping, agitation, headache, and diarrhea may occur. However if any of these persist or worsen, it’s best to speak with your doctor right away.

Tell your doctor right away if any of these rare but serious side effects occur: mental/mood changes (such as anxiety, confusion, depression, thoughts of suicide), decreased sexual ability, inability to keep still/need to pace, muscle spasms/uncontrolled muscle movements (such as twisting neck, arching back), Parkinson-like symptoms (such as shaking, slowed/difficult movement, mask-like facial expression), abnormal breast-milk production, enlarged/tender breasts, swelling of the hands/feet, changes in menstruation in women.

This medication may rarely cause a very serious condition called neuroleptic malignant syndrome (NMS). Get medical help right away if you have any of the following symptoms: fever, muscle stiffness, severe confusion, sweating, fast/irregular heartbeat.

A very serious allergic reaction to this drug is rare. However, get medical help right away if you notice any symptoms of a serious allergic reaction, including: rash, itching/swelling (especially of the face/tongue/throat), severe dizziness, trouble breathing.

What happens if I suddenly stop taking this medication?

There may be a relapse in symptoms as well as side effects. You should speak your doctor before stop taking this medication.

 

 What is the best dosage to take?

The diagnosis with your doctor will be able to determine the best dosage for your treatment. Work with your doctor closely for dosage and dosing schedules.

 

 What happens if I miss a dose?

You should take the missed dose as soon you realize you have forgotten. If the forgotten dose is closer to your next scheduled dose, take the next schedule dose to avoid overlapping in dose.

 

 What is the best way to store this medication?

This medication is stored at room temperature, and should be kept away from children and pets. Do not throw away this medication in the wastebasket. If you are uncertain how to dispose of this medication speak with your pharmacist for help in safely disposing of this medication.

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