Reglan Quick Reference Guide

Generic name
• Metoclopramide

Date approved
• April 2004

• Baxter Healthcare

• On the market

Approved uses
• Acid reflux disease

Serious side effects
• Tardive Dyskinesia
• Neuroleptic malignant syndrome
• Death

What is Reglan?

Reglan (metoclopramide) is an antiemetic and gastroprokinetic agent.

Who takes it, and for what condition?

An estimated 2 million Americans use Reglan as a short-term treatment for heartburn caused by gastroesophageal reflux. Typically, patients are people who have used other medications without relief of symptoms. Reglan is also used to treat slow gastric emptying in diabetics—diabetic gastroparesis.

How does Reglan work?

Reglan speeds up the movement of the stomach muscles, increasing how quickly the stomach empties into the intestines.

Taking Reglan long-term can cause tardive dyskinesia, a disorder characterized by repetitive, uncontrolled body movements. It has no treatment or cure, though stopping Reglan may relieve some symptoms in some patients. In some instances, symptoms of tardive dyskinesia actually worsen when Reglan is discontinued.

What can you do?

If you or someone you love has taken Reglan and been diagnosed with tardive dyskinesia, or suffer from the following symptoms, you have valuable legal rights.

  • Involuntary/ repetitive movements of the extremities
  • Facial tics
  • Lip smacking, pursing and puckering
  • Face grimacing
  • Tongue protrusion
  • Rapid eye movements or blinking
  • Impaired movement of the fingers
  • Restless Leg Syndrome (RLS)

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