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About Metoclopramide Hydrochloride
Metoclopramide HCL 5 mg tabs are used to treat certain conditions of the stomach and intestines. Reglan medication is used as a short-term treatment (4 to 12 weeks) for persistent heartburn when the usual medicines do not work well enough. Reglan use mostly for heartburn that occurs after a meal or during the daytime. Moreover, Reglan nausea treats persistent heartburn can decrease the damage done by stomach acid to the swallowing tube (esophagus) and help to heal. Reglan for pregnancy is also used in diabetic patients who have poor emptying of their stomachs (gastroparesis).
Reglan use treats gastroparesis can decrease symptoms of nausea, vomiting, and stomach/abdominal fullness. Metoclopramide works by blocking a natural substance (dopamine). It speeds up stomach emptying and movement of the upper intestines.
Do not Reglan use in children due to an increased risk of serious side effects (such as muscle spasms/uncontrolled muscle movements). Ask the doctor or pharmacist for details.
How to use
Read the Medication Guide provided by your pharmacist before you start taking Metoclopramide HCL 5 mg tabs and each time you get a refill. If you have any questions, consult your doctor or pharmacist.
- Take Reglan medication by mouth as directed by your doctor.
- Usually up to 4 times daily (30 minutes before meals and at bedtime).
- If you are using the liquid form of this medication, carefully measure the dose using a special measuring device/spoon.
- Do not use a household spoon because you may not get the correct dose.
The dosage is based on your medical condition, response to treatment, age, and other medications you may be taking. Be sure to tell your doctor and pharmacist about all the products you use (including prescription drugs, nonprescription drugs, and herbal products).
Because of the risk of tardive dyskinesia, do not take Reglan for pregnancy more often, in larger doses, or for longer than directed by your doctor.
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.
To treat diabetes
To treat diabetic gastroparesis, Metoclopramide HCL 5 mg tabs is usually taken for 2 to 8 weeks until your gut is working well. This condition may recur from time to time. Your doctor may direct you to start Reglan use as soon as your symptoms reappear and stop when you feel better. Ask your doctor for directions for starting and stopping this medication.
Take Reglan nausea regularly as directed to get the most benefit from it. To help you remember, take it at the same time before a meal each day.
If you suddenly stop Reglan use, you may have withdrawal symptoms (such as dizziness, nervousness, headaches). To help prevent withdrawal, your doctor may lower your dose slowly. Withdrawal is more likely if you have used metoclopramide for a long time or in high doses. Tell your doctor or pharmacist right away if you have withdrawal.
Tell your doctor if your condition persists or worsens.
- trouble sleeping
If any of these Reglan nausea effects persist or worsen, tell your doctor or pharmacist promptly.
Remember that your doctor has prescribed Reglan nausea because he or she has judged that the benefit to you is greater than the risk of side effects. Many people using this medication do not have serious side effects.
Tell your doctor right away if you have any serious Reglan nausea side effects, including
- mental/mood changes
- decreased sexual ability
- inability to keep still/need to pace
- muscle spasms/uncontrolled muscle movements
- Parkinson-like symptoms
- abnormal breast-milk production
- enlarged/tender breasts
- swelling of the hands/feet
- changes in menstruation in women
Metoclopramide HCL 5 mg tabs 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 Reglan for pregnancy is rare. However, get medical help right away.
Warnings & Precautions
- Before taking Metoclopramide HCL 5 mg tabs, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to it.
- Before taking Reglan medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist your medical history.
- Do not drive, use machinery, or do anything that needs alertness until you can do it safely.
- Limit alcoholic beverages.
- Before having surgery, tell your doctor or dentist about all the products you use.
If you have diabetes, Reglan medication 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.
Children may be more sensitive to the side effects of Reglan medication, especially muscle spasms/uncontrolled muscle movements.
Older adults may be more sensitive to the effects of this drug, especially drowsiness, tardive dyskinesia, and Parkinson’s type muscle problems. Drowsiness can increase the risk of falling.
Reglan for pregnancy should be used only when clearly needed. Discuss the risks and benefits with your doctor.
Reglan for pregnancy passes into breast milk and may have undesirable effects on a nursing infant. Consult your doctor before breastfeeding.
Store at room temperature away from light and moisture. Do not store in the bathroom. Keep all medications away from children and pets.
Do not flush medications down the toilet or pour them into a drain unless instructed to do so. Properly discard this product when it is expired or no longer needed. Consult your pharmacist or local waste disposal company.
Drug interactions may change how your medications work or increase your risk for serious side effects. This document does not contain all possible drug interactions. Keep a list of all the products you use (including prescription/nonprescription drugs and herbal products) and share it with your doctor and pharmacist. Do not start, stop, or change the dosage of any medicines without your doctor’s approval.
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