What Is This Medicational Treatment And What Is It Designed To Do In Order To Help Your Condition?
The generic name for Reglan is (metoclopramide). It works by increasing muscle contractions within the upper digestive tract. When this happens certain processes are speed up such as the speed at which the stomach is able to empty inside of the intestines.
Reglan is designed to be used on a short term basis in order to provide help for heartburn brought on by gastroesophageal reflux. This is with people who have tried to use other medications, but weren’t able to get the relief they needed from their symptoms. There are other uses for this treatment, but this is best left to the discretion of a doctor.
What are some of the more serious potential side effects a person puts themselves at risk for if they use this treatment?
Slow or jerky muscle movements, problems with balance or walking
Mask-like appearance in your face
Very stiff (rigid) muscles, high fever, sweating, confusion, fast or uneven heartbeats, tremors, feeling like you might pass out
Depressed mood, thoughts of suicide or hurting yourself
Hallucinations, anxiety, agitation, jittery feeling, trouble staying still
Swelling, feeling short of breath, rapid weight gain
Jaundice (yellowing of your skin or eyes)
What are some of the more common potential side effects you might be at risk for if you use this medicational treatment?
Feeling restless, drowsy, tired, or dizzy
Headache, sleep problems (insomnia)
Nausea, vomiting, diarrhea
Breast tenderness or swelling
Changes in your menstrual periods
Urinating more than usual
How long should a person make use of this medication in order to ensure it provides the benefit it’s supposed to?
Reglan is made to be used on a short term basis. There might be times where you have to use it for longer than normal, but this is going to be decided by a doctor. The maximum period of usage with this drug is about 12 weeks. If you take high doses of this drug too long or use the drug period for too long, then you run the risk of developing a serious movement disorder that in a lot of cases can’t be reversed.
Is there any person who shouldn’t take this medication because of the increased risk it might put them at as a result?
People who are allergic to the active ingredient inside of this drug (metoclopramide) shouldn’t use it. Also people who have bleeding or blockage problems in their stomachs or intestines. People who suffer from epilepsy or other seizure disorders can’t use it as well as people who have an adrenal gland tumor (pheochromocytoma).
Is it safe to drink alcohol while using this drug or can you not drink alcohol at all because of increased risk of side effects?
If you have a problem with alcohol, then you are going to be at an increased risk of side effects if you use Reglan. You’ll need to stop drinking alcohol altogether in order to make sure you are safe while on this drug.
What do you need to make sure you tell a doctor before they decide to prescribe you this medicational treatment?
There are certain medications you might be using that if you use Reglan there could be interaction problems. Because of this you need to make sure you let a doctor know about any medications you are using. Don’t assume they will already know. This is going to include any prescription treatments, over the counter treatments, vitamins as well as herbal supplements. All of this is very important.