Reglan, which has the generic name metoclopramide, is a prescription drug used to treat heartburn caused by gastroesophageal reflux in people who have not responded to other therapies and to treat slow gastric emptying in people with diabetes (diabetic gastroparesis). Additionally, breastfeeding mothers with a low milk supply sometimes use Reglan to induce lactation.
More than two million Americans use Reglan, which is available in a variety of formulations including tablets, syrups and injections. Reglan is sold under the following names:
- Reglan Oral Disintegrating Tablets
- Metoclopramide Oral Solution
- Reglan Injection
Reglan works by increasing muscle contractions in the upper digestive tract, thereby speeding up the rate at which the stomach empties into the intestines. Due to the risk of serious Reglan side effects, it is recommended that treatment not exceed three months.
Reglan & Tardive Dyskinesia
Chronic use of Reglan has been linked to a drug-induced movement disorder known as tardive dyskinesia. Tardive means “delayed” and dyskinesia means “abnormal movement.” Tardive dyskinesia is characterized by involuntary, repetitive movements of the extremities, or lip smacking, grimacing, tongue protrusion, rapid eye movements or blinking, puckering and pursing of the lips, or impaired movement of the fingers.
Unfortunately, symptoms of tardive dyskinesia are rarely reversible and there is no known treatment. However, in some patients, symptoms may lessen or resolve after Reglan treatment is stopped. Those at greatest risk include the elderly, especially older women, and people who have been taking Reglan for a long time.
Dangerous Product Alerts
Reglan Tardive Dyskinesia Black Box Warning
On February 26, 2009, the FDA announced that it was ordering the manufacturers of Reglan to add a black box warning to their drug labels about the risk of tardive dyskinesia with long-term or high-dose Reglan use. According to the FDA, “the chronic use of metoclopramide therapy should be avoided in all but rare cases where the benefit is believed to outweigh the risk.”
Reglan Tardive Dyskinesia Lawyer
If you or a loved one experienced serious Reglan side effects, such as tardive dyskinesia, after using Reglan, you may be entitled to file a Reglan lawsuit seeking compensation for your medical expenses, pain and suffering, lost wages, and more.