Reglan, a medicine for gastroesophageal reflux, has been re-investigated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). In February 2009 the FDA issued an advisory requiring the manufacturers of Reglan (generic name, metoclopramide) to include a Black Box warning about the link between this drug and tardive dyskinesia, a very serious and often irreversible movement disorder.
What Is Reglan?
Reglan, the Schwarz Pharma Company's brand name for metoclopramide (meh toe KLOE pra mide), is used in a variety of formulations to treat a number of different medical problems:
- gastroesophageal reflux (GERD), a chronic condition in which the lower throat lets the stomach contents (including stomach acids) move backward into the throat, leading to heartburn and acid ingestion
- symptoms of nausea
- to facilitate gastric emptying in patients with gastroparesis (partial paralysis of the stomach), common among diabetics
Reglan was first approved for use as a medication by the FDA in early 1999. The medication is available three different forms:
Over two million prescriptions have been written for Reglan in the U.S. since its FDA approval — to treat adult, child and infant patients — and it is also used to counteract vomiting in dogs and cats.
Reglan speeds up the movement of the stomach muscles, making the stomach empty its contents into the intestines more quickly. In this way, it helps keep the "reflux" of gastroesophageal reflux from happening. However, Reglan is supposed to be used only over a short term — no longer than three months. The potential reglan side effects of this medication are another serious concern.
As the FDA advisory notes, "Recently published analyses suggest that metoclopramide is the most common cause of drug-induced movement disorders."
Tardive dyskinesia from Reglan use is a very unpleasant disorder characterized by involuntary movements such as:
- rapid movements of the fingers, arms, legs and trunk
- rapid eye blinking
- tongue protrusion, lip smacking, puckering and pursing of the lips, grimacing
Get Help for Your Reglan Injuries
If you have been prescribed Reglan by your doctor or pharmacist, ask him or her about its risks. If you have been harmed by Reglan, you can recover compensation for your injuries and losses by filing a Reglan lawsuit against the makers of the drug. For more information and legal guidance, contact a Reglan attorney today. We will connect you with an experienced Reglan lawyer who will fight to ensure your losses are covered and your legal rights are protected.
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