METOCLOPRAMIDE (met oh kloe PRA mide) is used to treat the symptoms of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) like heartburn. It is also used to relieve the symptoms of slow stomach emptying in people with diabetes.
Take this medicine by mouth. Follow the directions on the prescription label. Take this medicine at least 30 minutes before eating and at bedtime. Leave the tablet in the sealed blister pack until you are ready to take it. With dry hands, open the blister and gently remove the tablet. If the tablet breaks or crumbles, throw it away and take a new tablet out of the blister pack. Place the tablet in the mouth and allow it to dissolve, and then swallow. You do not need water to take this medicine. Do not take your medicine more often than directed.
A special MedGuide will be given to you by the pharmacist with each prescription and refill. Be sure to read this information carefully each time.
Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. Special care may be needed.
Side effects that you should report to your doctor or health care professional as soon as possible:
allergic reactions like skin rash, itching or hives, swelling of the face, lips, or tongue
abnormal production of milk in females
breast enlargement in both males and females
change in the way you walk
difficulty moving, speaking, or swallowing
drooling, lip smacking, or rapid movements of the tongue
involuntary or uncontrollable movements of the eyes, head, arms and legs
irregular heartbeat or palpitations
muscle twitches and spasms
unusually weak or tired
Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your doctor or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):
change in sex drive or performance
restless or nervous
medicines for blood pressure
medicines for diabetes, including insulin
medicines for hay fever and other allergies
medicines for depression, especially an Monoamine Oxidase Inhibitor (MAOI)
medicines for Parkinson's disease, like levodopa
medicines for sleep or for pain
If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, take only that dose. Do not take double or extra doses.
Keep out of the reach of children.
Store at room temperature between 20 and 25 degrees C (68 and 77 degrees F). Throw away any unused medicine after the expiration date.
They need to know if you have any of these conditions:
depression or other mental illness
heart failure or heart rhythm problems
high blood pressure
if you often drink alcohol
Parkinson's disease or a movement disorder
stomach obstruction, bleeding, or perforation
an unusual or allergic reaction to metoclopramide, sulfites, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives
pregnant or trying to get pregnant
It may take a few weeks for your condition to improve. Do not take this medicine for longer than 12 weeks. The longer you take this medicine and the more that you take, the more likely you are to have side effects. If you are an older patient, a female, or you have diabetes, you may be at increased risk for side effects. Contact your health care professional right away if you have movements that you cannot control such as lip smacking, rapid movements of the tongue, unusual movements of the eyes, head, or arms.
Patients and their families should watch out for worsening depression or thoughts of suicide. Also watch out for sudden changes in feelings such as feeling anxious, agitated, panicky, irritable, hostile, aggressive, impulsive, severely restless, overly excited and hyperactive, or not being able to sleep. If this happens, especially at the beginning of treatment or after a change in dose, call your health care professional.
Do not treat yourself for high fever. Ask your health care professional for advice.
You may get drowsy or dizzy. Do not drive, use machinery, or do anything that needs mental alertness until you know how this medicine affects you. Do not stand or sit up quickly, especially if you are an older patient. This reduces the risk of dizzy or fainting spells. Avoid alcoholic drinks.