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Reglan (Metoclopramide)


Reglan is the drug metoclopramide brand name; Reglan belongs to a drug class known as prokinetic agents. It increases the contractions of the muscle in the upper digestive tract. This quickens the frequency at which the stomach emptied into the intestine. What is Reglan used for? Reglan uses include the treatment of some intestine and stomach conditions. It is also used as a short term cure for persistent heartburn when other drugs fail. Reglan uses also involve treating gastroparesis in diabetic patients (poor emptying of the stomach). Reglan is normally used for a short while usually 4 to 12 weeks.
It is advisable not to use the Reglan medication if you have allergies for metoclopramide, seizure disorder or epilepsy, blockage or bleeding in your intestines or stomach, or tumor of the adrenal gland. Do not take alcohol while on the Reglan medication as it can worsen some Reglan side effects. Also ensure your tell your doctor about your medical history to help them decide if it is safe for you to use the Reglan medication. There are reports that taking Reglan for migraines could result to a more headache. While others who testified to have used Reglan for migraines say it was really helpful. To avoid Reglan pregnancy mishap it is advisable to inform your doctor before taking Reglan if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant while taking Reglan. However most studies say that no side effect has been found in women breastfeeding infants. Reglan can pass into breast milk and harm the infant. According to some reports there are Reglan breastfeeding advantages. A notable Reglan breastfeeding advantage is increase in breast milk though its clinical value in increasing the supply of breast milk is questionable. Today it is at times used as a prescription drug that can aid in milk production increase in women. The Reglan medication is not recommended in children below 1 year due to increase in serious side effects.

If you have suffered from asthma, Parkinson disease, kidney or liver or heart disease, high blood pressure, pheochromocytoma, seizure or breast cancer make sure you tell your doctor before taking this drug. To also avoid Reglan withdrawal side effect do not just stop taking it, talk to your health provider before taking it. Reglan interacts with some drugs so it is advisable to tell your doctor about every prescription, recreational, illegal, dietary or nutritional, or herbal drugs you are taking. Examples of drugs that interact can interact with Reglan or should be reported to the doctor are: Aspirin, Insulin, Tetracycline, Sedatives, Digoxin, Antihistamines and many more.

Side effects of Reglan

Frequent urinating
Vomiting, nausea, diarrhea
Drowsiness, dizziness, restlessness
Swelling or breast tenderness
Insomnia, headache
Decreased sexual ability
Missed menstrual periods
Excessive fatigue
There are also some Reglan side effects that are more serious than others, they are:
Agitation
Swallowing or difficulty breathing
Sudden weight gain
Fever
Speech problems
Muscle stiffness
Irregular heartbeat
Swelling of the lips, throat, face, hands, eyes, arms
Nervousness
Confusion
If you experience any of the listed Reglan side effects stop taking the drug and contact your doctor immediately.

Reglan dosage

Reglan is available in for of a dissolving tablet, an oral one and a liquid taken orally. Adhere strictly to your doctor’s prescription while taking Reglan. Do not take more or lesser than was prescribed by your doctor neither should you take it for periods longer than your doctor prescribes. If you want to take a disintegrating tablet ensure your hand is very dry before removing the tablets. If the tablet crumbles or breaks throw it out and bring out a new tablet. Take Reglan 30 minutes before you begin to eat. For the liquid medicine measure it with the special dose cup or spoon.
The normal Reglan dosage for the treatment of GERD symptoms is about 10 to 15 milligram taken 4 times every day. While the typical Reglan dosage for treating gastroparesis is 10 mg taken 4 times everyday
In a situation where an overdose of Reglan occurs seek immediate medical help. If you happen to miss a dose of Reglan take the missed dose immediately you remember. Skip the missed dose if it is almost the time to take your next scheduled dose.