What is Reglan (Metoclopramide)?
Reglan is the brand name of the medicine metoclopramide, which is often used to cure heartburn and ulcers in people who have gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD).
GERD is a digestive dysfunction that occurs while stomach acid flows back in the esophagus.
Reglan may be able to help diabetes patients that have a disorder referred to as gastroparesis (poor emptying of the stomach). It may also be used to treat nausea in certain people and slowed stomach emptying in people who are recovering from surgical treatment.
This drugs is usually used on a short term basis (four to twelve weeks).
Reglan is in a class of medicines referred to as prokinetic agents , which work by improving muscle contractions in the higher digestive system to increase movement through the intestines and stomach .
The Food and Drug Administration ( FDA ) authorized Reglan in 1985.
Reglan (Metoclopramide) Side Effects
Typical Side Effects of Reglan
You ought to tell your physician if any one of the following side effects is serious or do not go away :
Nausea or vomiting
Breast increase or discharge
Decreased sexual ability
Frequent urination or failure to control urination
Missed menstrual periods
Severe Side Effects of Reglan
You ought to call a medical professional quickly if you experience any one of the following serious side effects :
Problems with speech
Tightening of the muscles , particularly in the jaw or neck
Slow or stiff movements
Uncontrollable shaking of part of the body
Depression or thoughts of harming/killing yourself
Slow , fast , or abnormal heartbeat
Restlessness , anxiety , pacing , foot tapping , or jitteriness
Difficulty sleeping or keeping asleep
Difficulty with balance
Rash or hives
Swelling of the face , eyes , lips , tongue , mouth , throat , arms , hands , feet , ankles , or lower legs
Difficulty breath or swallowing
Sudden excess weight
High-pitched sounds when breathing
Reglan (Metoclopramide) Dosage
Reglan is available as an oral capsule , dissolving capsule , and liquid to take by mouth . Carry out your doctor’s directions cautiously while using this medicine ; do not take more or less of the medicine than is recommended .
In the event you take the disintegrating capsule , be sure you use dry hands to take away the capsule from the packet . In case the tablet cracks or crumbles , put it in the trash and take away a new tablet .
The following are common dosage schedules :
For GERD : The common dosage of Reglan for the treatment of symptoms of GERD is ten to fifteen milligrams ( mg ) , 4 times every day . Each dosage is usually given half an hour before a meal .
For gastroparesis : The common dosage of Reglan for the treatment of gastroparesis is ten mg , 4 times on a daily basis . Each dosage is commonly given half an hour before a meal and at bedtime .