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Reglan is a heartburn and digestive medication used to treat heartburn caused by gastroesophageal reflux as well as slow stomach emptying (gastroparesis) in those with diabetes.
Metoclopramide is a dopamine receptor antagonist that supports intestinal emptying by stimulating the upper digestive tract. By stimulating the gastrointestinal smooth muscle, Reglan can relieve heartburn and discomfort caused by gastroesophageal reflux and gastroparesis.
This heartburn medication has been found to be effective at stimulating the upper gastrointestinal tract without affecting stomach acid secretion. Reglan side effects are also usually mild, transient, and reversible after stopping treatment.
Uses and Dosage
The dose of Reglan that is prescribed will vary depending on the individual and gastrointestinal condition being treated. Follow all your doctor’s instructions and read packaging labels carefully to ensure the best results during treatment.
- Swallow tablets whole
- Take 30 minutes before meals and before bed or only with meals that cause heartburn
- Most adults taking continuous dosing take 10 to 15mg four times a day for 4 to 12 weeks
- For relief of symptoms, adults can take up to 20mg before meals that cause heartburn
- To treat diabetic gastroparesis, adults take 10mg four times daily for 2 to 8 weeks
- Avoid taking Reglan for longer than 12 weeks
Reglan may lead to the development of some side effects while it stimulates your upper gastrointestinal tract and smooth muscle to relieve heartburn. Speak with your doctor for more specific information regarding any symptoms you may encounter when taking metoclopramide.
Common Reglan side effects:
- Drowsiness or tiredness
- Lack of energy
- Nausea, vomiting
- Headache, confusion
- Trouble sleeping
Serious Side Effects
Some more serious adverse reactions may occur when taking metoclopramide. Stop using Reglan and contact your doctor right away if you develop any of the following symptoms:
- Confusion, depression, suicidal thoughts or actions
- Slow or jerky muscle movements, balance or walking problems
- Mask-like appearance of your face
- Anxiety, agitation, jittery feeling, trouble staying still, insomnia
- Swelling, shortness of breath, rapid weight gain
- Severe nervous system reaction (stiff muscles, high fever, sweating, confusion, fast or uneven heartbeats, tremors, feeling like you might pass out)
Seek immediate medical attention if you develop any sign of a serious movement disorder which could occur as early as the first 2 days of treatment. Symptoms include:
- Tremors or shaking in your arms or legs
- Uncontrolled muscle movements in your face (chewing, lip smacking, frowning, tongue movement, blinking or eye movement)
- Any new or unusual uncontrollable muscle movements
Do not take Reglan if you are allergic to metoclopramide or any of the listed ingredients. If you develop signs of an allergic reaction, stop using this medication and call your doctor immediately.
Reglan allergy symptoms may include:
- Difficulty breathing
- Swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat
Do not take Reglan in higher doses than prescribed or for longer than 12 weeks to avoid developing a serious movement disorder. Long-term use of metoclopramide increases your risk of this condition which may not be reversible. Patients with diabetes or who are older may be more at risk.
Do not drink alcohol while taking Reglan because it can increase adverse reactions from metoclopramide.
Avoid driving or performing hazardous tasks until you know how Reglan will affect you because it could impair your reactions.
Reglan should not be taken with any other medication that increases your risk of developing extrapyramidal reactions such as muscle spasms, contractions, or jerky/rigid movements.
Stop taking Reglan and contact your doctor if you develop tremors or uncontrolled muscle movements as well as any of the following symptoms: stiff muscles, confusion, sweating, fast or uneven heartbeats, rapid breathing, depressed mood, suicidal thoughts or actions, hallucinations, anxiety, agitation, seizure, or jaundice.
Do not use Reglan if you have ever had muscle movement problems after using metoclopramide or another similar medication or if you have any of the following:
- Tardive dyskinesia (involuntary movement disorder)
- Stomach or intestinal problems (blockage, bleeding, or perforation)
- Epilepsy or another seizure disorder
- Adrenal gland tumor
Before taking Reglan, tell your doctor if you have ever had any of the following:
- Liver or kidney disease
- Muscle movement problems
- Congestive heart failure or a heart rhythm disorder
- High blood pressure
- Breast cancer
- Parkinson’s disease
- Depression or mental illness
Consult with your doctor before taking Reglan if you are pregnant.
Ask your doctors about any risks surrounding breastfeeding while taking metoclopramide before using Reglan.
Some drugs may interact with metoclopramide and cause adverse reactions. To ensure your safety, tell your doctor about all the medications you take, including over the counter medicine, but especially any of the following:
- Atropine, benztropine, dimenhydrinate, methscopolamine, or scopolamine
- Bladder or urinary medications such as darifenacin, flavoxate, or oxybutynin
- Blood pressure medicine
- Bronchodilators such as ipratropium or tiotropium
- Medication for irritable bowel syndrome (dicyclomine, hyoscyamine, or propantheline)
- MAO inhibitor (furazolidone, isocarboxazid, or phenelzine)
- Psychiatric medications (chlorpromazine, clozapine, olanzapine, or risperidone)
This medication is not an approved treatment for anyone under the age of 18.
Form and Strength
This heartburn medication is available in the form of scored tablets.
Reglan tablet strength:
The 10mg scored tablets are available in quantities of 100.
What to avoid when taking Reglan?
Avoid drinking alcohol while using Reglan because it can increase unwanted side effects. You should also ensure that you do not exceed the dose prescribed to you and that you do not continue treatment past 12 weeks or your doctor’s recommended length of time. High doses and long-term metoclopramide treatment may result in the development of a serious movement condition.
Do you have to take Reglan on an empty stomach?
Reglan is usually taken 30 minutes before a meal on an empty stomach. Depending on the condition being treated, you may take metoclopramide four times a day before each meal as well as before bed. If you are treating intermittent heartburn, then Reglan can be taken in a single dose before ingesting irritating foods.