In 2004, a research team of medical scientists from the FDA and the Veteran’s Administration published their findings in the Journal of the American Pharmacist Association about Reglan side effects.  Specifically, they determined that the prolonged use of Reglan (metoclopramide) can lead to tardive dyskinesia.  Tardive dyskinesia is a serious and often irreversible movement disorder, with involuntary body twitching.  Reglan is usually prescribed to patients suffering from gastrointestinal problems, such as acid reflux.  However, it has also been known to be prescribed “off-label” to help with morning sickness, migraine headaches, and lactation stimulation. On February 26, 2009 the FDA ordered that a black box warning be added by manufacturers of metoclopramide, about the risk of long-term or high-dose use and the development of tardive dyskinesia.  The FDA originally approved Reglan for short-term use only, between 4-12 weeks.  The black box warning now states that treatment with metoclopramide for longer than 12 weeks should be avoided in all but rare cases because of the serious side effects.  Unfortunately, it is believed that more than two million people have taken Reglan for longer than 12 weeks and have developed debilitating Reglan side effects, including symptoms of tardive dyskinesia.  Symptoms of tardive dyskinesia include, but are not limited to, repetitive movement of extremities, facial ticks, constant lip-smacking, unintentional grimacing of the face, tongue protrusion, rapid eye movement or blinking, puckering of the lips and impaired finger movement.  There is no cure for tardive dyskinesia.

People suffering from these Reglan side effects often withdraw from social contact, and can be affected emotionally and psychologically, leading to severe depression.  In some patients, symptoms may lessen after treatment with Reglan or another metoclopramide have stopped.  However, tardive dyskinesia can last a lifetime and affects victims physically, mentally, socially, emotionally and vocationally. 

Reglan Lawsuits

If you have experienced any Reglan side effects including any involuntary repetitive movements, such as grimacing, tongue protrusion, lip smacking, rapid eye blinking, rapid movements of the arms and legs or any other dyskinesia symptom, you may be entitled to financial compensation.  Reglan lawsuits are currently being filed across the country.

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Published November 17, 2011 by