Prescription Drug Reglan
Reglan (metoclopramide) is a prescription drug that came on the market in generic form in 1982. For more than 30 years, doctors have been prescribing the drug to treat a variety of gastro-intestinal maladies including acid reflux, nausea and vomiting due to surgery or chemotherapy. Reglan is also commonly used to treat gastroparesis, which can develop in people who have diabetes.
Reglan Associated with Neurological Disorders
Despite the many studies showing that Reglan was associated with a neurological disorder, Tardive Dyskinesia, the drugs manufacturers did not issue a warning the label until 2004 and did not add a Black Box warning until February 2009.
As a side effect, Reglan may produce biochemical abnormalities in the striatum, a region of the brain that controls cognitive processes involving executive functions. Further investigation into Reglan has determined that patients, including infants, children, cigarette smokers and the elderly face significant risk of developing Tardive Dyskinesia.
According to Food and Drug Administration analysis of studies published in 2009, metoclopramide is the most common cause of drug-induced movement disorders such as Tardive Dyskinesia.
Tardive Dyskinesia can develop from the use of certain medications, including antipsychotics that block dopamine in the brain and cause the nerves to become hypersensitive to the chemical.
The condition causes uncontrollable, repetitive movements of the body, such as grimacing, lip smacking, eye blinking or rapid leg and arm movements. The symptoms are rarely reversible and there is no known treatment. The risk is especially associated with those who have been on the drug over a long period.
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Reglan: Frequently Asked Questions
What is Tardive Dystonia?
Tardive Dystonia is a form of Tardive Dykenesia, categorized by slower twisting movements of the neck and trunk muscles, which are more prominent then those of Tardive Dyskinesia. Tardive Dystonia is more severe than Tardive Dyskinesia and will cause abnormal posture. The severity will vary from patient to patient; some individuals may experience symptoms in only one region, while others may experience pain in the limbs. Tardive Dystonia, like Tardive Dyskinesia, is induced.
What Are the Symptoms of Gastroparesis?
There are many symptoms of gastroparesis, including:
- Heartburn or GERD
- Vomiting undigested food
- Feeling full quickly when eating (early satiety)
- Abdominal bloating (enlargement)
- Poor appetite and weight loss
- Poor blood sugar control
What is a black box warning?
A black box warning is a label that appears on the package for prescription drugs that may cause serious adverse effects. The warning printed on packaging indicates that the drug carries a significant risk of serious or life threatening results. The Food and Drug Administration can require a pharmaceutical company to place a black box warning on dangerous medical products.
What can I do if I have been harmed by Reglan?
Under product liability laws the manufacturers of Reglan may be responsible for patients injuries caused by taking the product. It is important you contact an attorney before the statute of limitations expires to see if you have a case.
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