What is Metoclopramide used for?
Metoclopramide is used to treat the symptoms of diabetic gastroparesis such as nausea, vomiting, heartburn, indigestion, persistent fullness after meals, and loss of appetite. It is also used in the short-term treatment of heartburn in people with gastroesophageal reflux disorder (GERD). By increasing the muscle contractions in the upper digestive tract, Metoclopramide aids the passage of food. This medicine may also be used to treat other conditions as determined by your doctor.
What is the recommended dosage of Metoclopramide?
The dosage of Metoclopramide prescribed to each patient will vary. Always follow your physician’s instructions and/or the directions on the prescription drug label.
Take Metoclopramide on an empty stomach, at least 30 minutes before a meal.
What if you miss a dose of Metoclopramide?
If your physician has instructed or directed you to take Metoclopramide medication in a regular schedule and you have missed a dose of this medicine, take it as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, then skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not double the doses unless otherwise directed.
What if you overdose on Metoclopramide?
Any medication taken in excess can have serious consequences. If you suspect an overdose of Metoclopramide, seek medical attention immediately.
What other drugs could interact with Metoclopramide?
It may be noted that drugs other than those listed above may also interact with Metoclopramide.
Usually drug interactions occur when it is taken with another drug or with food. Before you take a medication for a particular ailment, you should inform the health expert about intake of any other medications including non-prescription medications, over-the-counter medicines that may increase the effect of Metoclopramide, and dietary supplements like vitamins, minerals and herbal, so that the doctor can warn you of any possible drug interactions.
Metoclopramide can interact with irritable bowel medications, bronchodilators, and urinary medications.
Do let your doctor know if you smoke, consume alcohol or caffeinated drinks, or use illegal drugs as these may interfere with the action of your medication. Make sure to inform your doctor of any medical conditions you may have, or any family history of medical problems. Do not start or stop using any medicine without consulting your doctor.
What are the side effects of Metoclopramide?
Like other medicines, Metoclopramide can cause some side effects. If they do occur, the side effects of Metoclopramide are most likely to be minor and temporary. However, some may be serious and may require the individual to inform the doctor or visit the nearest hospital immediately.
It is pertinent to note that side effects of Metoclopramide cannot be anticipated. If any side effects of Metoclopramide develop or change in intensity, the doctor should be informed as soon as possible.
Metoclopramide can cause side effects such as sleeplessness, dizziness, nausea, diarrhea, headache, and dry mouth. This is not a complete list of all side effects. Do concur with your doctor and follow his directions completely when you are taking Metoclopramide.
What are the questions to ask your doctor before taking Metoclopramide?
Is it possible for me to take Metoclopramide with other drugs?
Should certain beverages, foods and other products be avoided when I take Metoclopramide?
What are the possible drug interactions of Metoclopramide?
How will Metoclopramide work in my body?
How should Metoclopramide be taken?
How to reduce the risk of Metoclopramide drug interactions and side effects?
The health and medical information provided here is intended to supplement and not substitute for the expertise and judgment of your physician, pharmacists or other health care professional. It should not be understood to indicate that the use of Metoclopramide is safe, appropriate or effective for you. Always consult your health care professional before using this, or any other, drug.