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Metoclopramide Description

Metoclopramide Description


Pronunciation : (met oh kloe pra' mide)

Trade Name(s) : Emenil, Maxeron, Maxinorm, Metocontin, Perinorm, Perinorm-CD, Reggi, Reglan, Sigmet, Tomid, Uginorm INJ

Why it is prescribed: Metoclopramide is used to relieve nausea and vomiting, heartburn, abdominal pain and bloating, loss of appetite, and a persistent feeling of fullness after meals.

When it is to be taken: Your doctor has determined whether you are to take this medication on a regular schedule or only as needed. For a regular schedule, metoclopramide is usually taken four times a day, 30 minutes before meals and at bedtime.

How it should be taken: Metoclopramide comes in the form of tablet and liquid to be taken orally. Your prescription label tells you how much to take at each dose.

Special Instruction :
1. Metoclopramide makes some people drowsy or dizzy. Do not drive a car or operate dangerous machinery until you know how it affects you.
2. If you take metoclopramide on a regular schedule and forget a dose, take it as soon as you remember it. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose. Don ot take a double dose.

Side Effects :
1.Drowsiness, restlessness, fatigue, constipation or diarrhea. Contact your doctor if these effects persist or bothersome.
2. Involuntary movements of the limbs or eyes; spasm of the neck, face, and jaw muscles; change in mood (depression). Contact your doctor.

Other Precautions :
1. Before taking this drug, tell your doctor if you have an adrenal tumor; a seizure disorder; Parkinson's disease; high bloodpressure; heart, liver, or kidney disease; a history of mental illness or depression; or an intestinal blockage or bleeding.
2. Women who are pregnant or breast-feeding should inform their doctors before taking this medciation.
3. Alcoholic beverages can add to the drowsiness caused by this drug.
4. Metoclopramide can alter the effects of certain drugs. Tell your doctor what prescription and nonprescription drugs you are taking, especially insulin, narcotics, sedatives, tranquilizers, and barbiturates.
5. Before having surgery with a general anesthetic, including dental surgery, tell the doctor or dentist in charge that you are taking metoclopramide.

Storage Conditions :
1. Keep this medication in the container it came in, tightly closed, and out of the reach of children.
2. Store the container away from heat and direct light.

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