The main component of metoclopramide is metoclopramide hydrochloride. This medication intensifies the rate at which the stomach evacuates into the intestines.
This medication is used to treat individuals with digestive problems. Metoclopramide increases the contractions of the muscles in the upper tract of the digestive system.
This medication is used for individuals who suffer from acid reflux and have found no relief with other medications.
This medication is also used to treat those with diabetes who experience gastroparesis. This is where the stomach empties at a decelerated rate. The symptoms gastroparesis are nausea, decrease in appetite, and heartburn.
It may also be used to reduce the feeling of nausea and vomiting with patients suffering from the side effect of chemotherapy.
Contact your physician for a full list of benefits that this medication can provide.
Always follow the prescription that your doctor has provided you with. Do not take metoclopramide in larger or smaller doses than instructed.
This medication should be taken orally.
The recommended dosage for this drug is between 10mg and 15mg. This should be taken a half hour before each meal. A dose should also be taken before bedtime.
This medication should not be continued for more than 12 weeks.
If you forgot a dose, take it as soon as you remember. If your next scheduled dose is due soon, skip the missed dose.
Do not take two doses together.
In the event of overdose, call your local medical emergency services.
Some of the more common side effects experienced with this medication are:
Changes in bowel movements
The less common side effects experienced with metoclopramide are:
Swelling of the chest
Disruptions of the regular menstrual cycle
Changes in bowel movement
Decrease in libido and sexual interest
Irregular flow of breast milk
Changes in urination patterns
Irritation of the skin
Changes in sleeping patterns
Lowered saliva production in the oral cavity
Changes in temperament
If you experience any of these side effects, contact your physician immediately.
Inform your physician if you are pregnant and have been prescribed Metoclopramide. Tell your doctor before you begin breastfeeding your child.
Do not take this medication if you have an allergy to Metoclopramide.
Do not take this medication if you are experiencing bleeding in the intestinal wall or have any blockage in your digestive system.
Inform your doctor if you are suffering from any kidney or liver problems.
Inform your doctor if you have a history of heart disease, Parkinson’s disease or if you have any symptoms of depression.
Do not take Metoclopramide if you have a history of tremors or seizure disorders.
Do not take this medication if you have been diagnosed with a tumor.
Inform your doctor if you have diabetes or an elevated blood pressure.
Do not consume alcohol while taking this medication.
Medications that have anticholinergic properties or are used for pain relief may inhibit the effects of Metoclopramide.
Pramlintide and MAO inhibiters may negatively interact with this medication.
Inform your physician of all the medications and herbal supplements you may have been supplied.