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Metoclopramide

INFORMATION

Uses

Metoclopramide is used in the treatment of heartburn and vomiting.

How it works

Metoclopramide indirectly stimulates the release of acetylcholine, a chemical that can increase the motility of the intestine.

Common side effects

Nausea, Diarrhoea, Frequent urge to urinate, Absence of menstrual periods, Breast enlargement, Decreased sexual function, Drowsiness, Fatigue, Dizziness, Headache

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Expert advice

  • Take metoclopramide half an hour before your meals.
  • Consult a doctor immediately if you begin to have repetitive movements of the eyes, tongue, face, arm, or legs.
  • Do not take the medicine if you are allergic to it.
  • Do not take this drug if you are breast-feeding.
  • Do not o drive or operate heavy machinery after taking this drug as it can make you feel drowsy.
  • Avoid taking alcohol till you know how the drug affects your body.

Frequently asked questions

Metoclopramide

Q.Is metoclopramide antacid, anticholinergic, antihistamine, steroid, antipsychotic or antibiotic?
Metoclopramide is not antacid, anticholinergic, antihistamine, steroid, antipsychotic or antibiotic. It is an antiemetic drug belonging to class of dopamine antagonists

Q.Is Metoclopramide/Reglan safe?
Metoclopramide/Reglan is a relatively safe drug if used in prescribed dose for prescribed duration as advised by your doctor

Q.How long can I take it?
Do not take it for more than 12 weeks

Q.Are there any serious side-effects associated with metoclopramide?
Metoclopramide might cause side-effects like hallucinations, decreased consciousness, allergies, slowing of heartbeats, shaking, low blood pressure, or depression

Q.Can I take metoclopramide with diazepam?
Metoclopramide may increase the sedative effect of diazepam. Consult your doctor before taking the drug if you are also taking cetrizine, digoxin, mevacuronium, levodopa or codeine

Q.Is metoclopramide available over the counter?
No. Metoclopramide is not available as an over the counter (OTC) drug. It is dispensed only upon a valid prescription from a doctor

Q.Does affect birth control?
There is no evidence of metoclopramide affecting birth control or contraception. Please consult your doctor to confirm whether you require a secondary birth control measure while taking the medicine.


Content on this page was last updated on 25 November, 2016, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)