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    Metoclopramide

    Information about Metoclopramide

    Metoclopramide uses

    Metoclopramide is used in the treatment of nausea, vomiting and indigestion.

    How metoclopramide works

    Metoclopramide is a prokinetic. It works on the region in the brain that controls vomiting. It also acts on the upper digestive tract to increase the movement of the stomach and intestines, allowing food to move more easily through the stomach.

    Common side effects of metoclopramide

    Sleepiness, Fatigue, Restlessness
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    Expert advice for Metoclopramide

    • Metoclopramide helps relieve nausea and vomiting.
    • Take it as per the dose and duration prescribed by your doctor.
    • Leave at least six hours between each dose, even if you vomit, to make sure that you're not taking too much.
    • It may cause dizziness and sleepiness. Do not drive or do anything that requires mental focus until you know how it affects you.
    • Avoid consuming alcohol when taking Metoclopramide as it may cause excessive drowsiness.
    • Inform your doctor if you get watery diarrhea, fever, or stomach pain that does not go away.
    • Do not take it for longer than 5 days without consulting your doctor.

    Frequently asked questions for Metoclopramide

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    Q. Is Metoclopramide safe to use?

    Metoclopramide is safe if used in prescribed dose for prescribed duration as advised by your doctor.

    Q. How long can I take Metoclopramide for?

    Always take your medicines for a duration as advised by your doctor.

    Q. Does Metoclopramide work?

    Metoclopramide works if taken for the right indication for a prescribed duration in prescribed doses as advised by your doctor.

    Q. Does Metoclopramide cause diarrhea?

    Diarrhea is a common side effect of Metoclopramide. Please consult your doctor if you experience diarrhea after taking Metoclopramide.

    Q. Does Metoclopramide make you sleepy?

    Somnolence (sleepiness) is a common side effect of Metoclopramide. Please consult your doctor if you experience excessive sleepiness after taking Metoclopramide.

    Q. Does Metoclopramide need prescription?

    Yes, Metoclopramide is a prescription medicine and a prescription is needed for buying it.

    Q. Does Metoclopramide make you feel tired?

    Metoclopramide can make you feel tired. Please consult your doctor if you experience excessive tiredness after taking Metoclopramide.

    Q. Does Metoclopramide affect birth control pills?

    Metoclopramide does not affect the action of birth control pills (oral contraceptive pills). These can be taken together. However, talk to your doctor and take your medicines as advised.

    Q. Does Metoclopramide potentiate opioid?

    Metoclopramide potentiates only the sedative (sleep-inducing) effect of opioids. Use of Metoclopramide with an opioid can limit your ability to drive or operate any machine. Talk to your doctor before taking them together.

    Q. Does Metoclopramide work for morning sickness?

    Metoclopramide can help in relieving morning sickness. However, this is not an approved indication for its use. There are other medicines also available to treat morning sickness. Consult a doctor if you need treatment for morning sickness as you should not take any medicine during pregnancy without consulting a doctor.

    Q. Does Metoclopramide cause constipation?

    Metoclopramide does not cause constipation. Please consult your doctor if you experience constipation while taking Metoclopramide as it may be due to some other underlying condition.

    Q. Can I take Metoclopramide with ranitidine?

    Metoclopramide can be taken with ranitidine. No drug-drug interactions have been reported between the two. However, interactions can occur. Talk to your doctor before taking the two medicines together.

    Q. Can I take Metoclopramide with paracetamol?

    Metoclopramide can be taken with paracetamol. No drug-drug interactions have been reported between the two. However, interactions can occur. Talk to your doctor before taking the two medicines together.

    Q. Can I take Metoclopramide with ibuprofen?

    Metoclopramide can be taken with ibuprofen. No drug-drug interactions have been reported between the two. However, interactions can occur. Talk to your doctor before taking the two medicines together.

    Q. Can I take Metoclopramide with antibiotics?

    Metoclopramide can be taken with antibiotics. No drug-drug interactions have been reported between the two. However, interactions can occur. Talk to your doctor before taking the two medicines together.

    Q. Can I take Metoclopramide with tramadol?

    Metoclopramide can be taken with tramadol. No drug-drug interactions have been reported between the two. However, interactions can occur. Talk to your doctor before taking the two medicines together.

    Q. Can I take Metoclopramide with loperamide?

    Metoclopramide can be taken with loperamide. No drug-drug interactions have been reported between the two. However, interactions can occur. Talk to your doctor before taking the two medicines together.

    Q. Can I take Metoclopramide with hyoscine?

    Metoclopramide can be taken with hyoscine. No drug-drug interactions have been reported between the two. However, interactions can occur. Please consult your doctor before taking the two medicines together.

    Q. Can I take Metoclopramide with diazepam?

    Metoclopramide taken along with diazepam can increase sedation (sleepiness). You would need to be more cautious while taking this combination as this may affect your driving and if you are operating any machines. Talk to your doctor before taking the two medicines together.

    Q. Can I take Metoclopramide with ciprofloxacin?

    Metoclopramide can be taken with ciprofloxacin. No drug-drug interactions have been reported between the two. However, interactions can occur. Please consult your doctor before taking the two medicines together.

    Q. Can I take Metoclopramide for nausea?

    Metoclopramide is an antiemetic. It works on a part of your brain that prevents you from feeling sick (nausea) or being sick (vomiting). It is used to prevent delayed nausea and vomiting that may occur after chemotherapy or caused by radiotherapy and to treat nausea and vomiting including that which may occur with a migraine.

    Q. Is Metoclopramide an over the counter (OTC) product?

    Metoclopramide is not an over the counter (OTC) product. It belongs to a class of prescription medicines.

    Q. Is Metoclopramide a steroid?

    Metoclopramide is not a steroid. It is an antiemetic.

    Q. Is Metoclopramide an opiate?

    Metoclopramide is not an opiate. It is an antiemetic.

    Q. Is Metoclopramide used for a headache?

    Metoclopramide is not used for the treatment of a headache. It is used to treat nausea and vomiting which may occur with a migraine headache.

    Q. Is Metoclopramide addictive?

    Metoclopramide is not addictive. It has not been reported to have any habit-forming potential.

    Content on this page was last updated on 23 May, 2019, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)