Reglan side effects can be dangerous. If you or someone you love has suffered serious harm as a result of taking Reglan, our lawyers may be able to help you with recovering compensation, including medical bills, lost earning capacity, pain and suffering, and more. Contact The Voss Law Firm today to get in touch with caring and experienced Reglan lawyers who can evaluate your case, answer your questions, and help you understand your legal rights, including the filing of a Reglan lawsuit.
Reglan, which is manufactured by Baxter Healthcare Corporation, is used for the treatment of gastrointenstinal conditions. However, Reglan is FDA approved for short-term treatment (not to exceed 3 months) after other methods of treatment have failed. However, evidence shows that one-third of patients are prescribed Reglan for longer than 3 months, which is against FDA recommendations. This has resulted in Reglan Lawsuits.
What is Reglan?
Reglan (metoclopramide) is a prescription drug used to treat a number of gastrointestinal conditions including slow gastric emptying in people with diabetes and heartburn caused by gastroesophageal reflux. For these conditions, Reglan works to increase muscle contractions aiding in faster digestion.
Reglan Side Effects
Some of the more serious Reglan side effects are:
- Tardive Dyskinesia - involuntary muscle movements, usually in the face and tongue, but sometimes in the trunk or extremities or Neuroleptic Malignant Syndrome (NMS)
- Parkinson's Like Symptoms - slow movements, rigidity, and tremors
- Akathesia - a severe anxiety and inability to sit still
- Seizures and convulsions
More information about Reglan side effects
According to the FDA, do not take Reglan ODT for more than 12 weeks.
Also, do not take Reglan ODT if you:
- have stomach or intestine problems, such as bleeding, blockage, or tears
- have an adrenal gland tumor
- are allergic to: metoclopramide, aspartame, colloidal silicon dioxide, crospovidone, magnesium stearate, mannitol, aminoalkyl methacrylate copolymer, microcrystalline cellulose, natural and artificial orange flavor, povidone
- take medications that could cause seizures or uncontrolled movements
- have epilepsy or other seizure disorder
The most extreme side effects of Reglan generally stem from prolonged use or higher doses, and are described by victims as embarrassing and debilitating. Reglan may worsen symptoms of Parkinson's disease, depression or bowel obstructions.
Reglan side effects often include:
* Shuffling walk
* Tardive dyskinesia (see below)
* Trouble swallowing
* Stiff muscles
* Sever anxiety
* Irregular heartbeat
* Rapid breathing
* Suicidal thoughts
* Mental/mood changes
Patients are most prone to tardive dyskinesia, or uncontrolled muscle movements in the face, tongue and extremities, when Reglan is taken for more than 12 weeks or if they are elderly. Tardive dyskinesia cannot be treated, but occasionally the cessation of the medicine intake can decrease or eliminate the symptoms.
If you or someone you love has suffered serious harm as a result of taking Reglan, you may be eligible to seek compensation, including medical bills, lost earning capacity, pain and suffering, and more.