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Reglan is the brand name of the generic drug metoclopramide. It is also sold in brand name Metozolv ODT. This medication is used in the treatment of heartburns. Apart from that it is also used in the treatment of vomiting and nausea. People who have been using other medications for treating heartburns without success can turn to Reglan for relief. People with diabetic gastroparesis can also get benefited with the use of Reglan. Reglan is available as 5 mg and 10 mg tablets.
It is recommended that you consult your doctor before taking Reglan. This medication should not be taken for more than 3 months. It is recommended that you take Reglan on empty stomach and at least half an hour before you take your food. However follow the prescription given by your doctor.
Metoclopramide therapy should not be used for more than 3 months. For treating gastroesophageal reflux the recommended dosage is 10 to 15 mg before food. The dosage can be increased to 20 mg if needed. For people who are more sensitive to this medication, 5 mg is recommended.
People who are allergic to metoclopramide should not use Metoclopramide. Those who have seizure disorder, blockage in stomach, blockage in intestines, and bleeding in stomach or intestine should not take Reglan. Do not take Metoclopramide if you have adrenal gland tumor. Consult your doctor if you have liver or kidney diseases or heart ailments before taking Reglan. Withdrawal symptoms like nervousness, dizziness and headache are reported after the patient stops taking Reglan. Consult your doctor for ways to avoid such withdrawal symptoms. It is better not to take alcohol when you are on Metoclopramide. Tasks that require alertness should be avoided when you are taking Reglan.
Some of the side effects of taking Reglan are depressed mood, fluid retention, seizure, rigid muscles, fatigue, nausea, headaches, more urination, tremors, hallucinations, and jaundice. Drug interactions are possible. Hence it is advised that you consult your doctor if you are taking other medications like acetaminophen, levodopa, mepenzolate, tetracycline, atropine, urinary medications, bronchodilators, MAO inhibitors, and medication for psychiatric disorders.
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