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Metoclopramide

Metoclopramide is used to treat heartburn in people who do not achieve relief from the condition despite using other medication. It is also prescribed to treat slow gastric emptying in people with diabetes.
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How it works

Metoclopramide works by speeding up muscle contractions in the upper digestive tract resulting in the stomach emptying faster into the intestines.

Guidelines for usage

Follow the dosage instructions provided by your doctor or as mentioned in the instruction booklet/product label.

Always use only as prescribed. Never exceed the dosage.

Metoclopramide may be used with or without food.

Doctors recommend that you swallow the whole tablet/capsules with a glass of water unless it is specified that it can be broken or chewed.

NOTE: Use only if prescribed to you and intended for your use. Do not share with others.

Missed Dose

It is common for people to forget their dosage times and miss doses.

Do not panic if you have missed a dose.

Instead, skip the missed dose and take your next dose at the scheduled time. Do not double up or take more than what the doctor has prescribed.

How & where do I store Metoclopramide?

The medicine label contains detailed instructions regarding safe storage of the medication. Most medicines are best stored at room temperature between 15 and 30 degrees C (59 and 86 degrees F). Some medications may require to be refrigerated. Please check the product label.

Keep it away from the reach of children. Ensure that it is not exposed to direct sunlight or moisture.

Ask your pharmacist about safely disposing off medication that is past expiry date.

Overdose Related Information

If you accidentally consume more medication than what was prescribed, then contact an emergency healthcare center immediately. An overdose with Metoclopramide can cause symptoms like

Safety Information/ Warning Precautions

Discuss your medical history with your healthcare provider before you start using any new medication.

Ensure that you mention the following:

Any prior serious ailment, lifestyle disease or surgery
All the prescription drugs, OTC health supplements, herbal supplements that you are using currently
Your alcohol intake and whether you smoke or not
Any history of a known allergic reaction to prescription drugs or food
You have liver disease (especially cirrhosis);congestive heart failure, a heart rhythm disorder; high blood pressure; breast cancer; Parkinson's disease; diabetes (your insulin dose may need adjusting); or depression or mental illness.

This will allow your healthcare provider to prescribe the apt dosage of the medication for you.

To be avoided

You must avoid using Metoclopramide if it you are allergic to any ingredient in it or if you have conditions like

You are allergic to any ingredient in Metoclopramide;you have seizures (e.g., epilepsy); bleeding, blockage, or perforation in your stomach or intestines;
You have tumors on your adrenal gland (pheochromocytoma);you are taking cabergoline or pergolide;
You are taking medicines, such as phenothiazines (e.g., chlorpromazine), that may cause extrapyramidal reactions (abnormal, involuntary muscle movements of the head, neck, or limbs).

Using Alcohol

Metoclopramide is known to cause drowsiness or dizziness. Your vision may be blurred and your judgement affected if you consume alcohol with this medication. So, avoid using alcohol while using Metoclopramide.

These effects may also get aggravated due to hot weather or fever or severe exercise. So, be cautious when you stand up after a long time from a sitting or lying position. If you feel giddy then lie down immediately and seek medical help.

Possible Drug & Food Interactions

Certain prescription drugs or health supplements or even food items are known to interact with the effects of medications.

Additional Information

If your doctor has prescribed laboratory tests like liver and kidney function tests then ensure that you do not miss out on them.

The medication may cause your blood sugar levels to fluctuate. So monitor it closely.

If you notice symptoms like fever; stiff muscles; confusion; abnormal thinking; fast or irregular heartbeat; and sweating, then stop using it and contact your doctor immediately. It may be symptoms of Neuroleptic malignant syndrome (NMS) which is a possibly fatal syndrome.

Important Information for Pregnant Women

Metoclopramide is categorized under FDA category B which indicates that it is safe to be used by pregnant women.

Discuss the potential risks with your healthcare provider before using the medication.

Certain medications may be found in breast milk so speak to your child’s doctor to rule out any possibilities of risk.
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