Metoclopramide is a gastrointestinal stimulant used to treat gastroesophageal reflux and erosions/ulcers of the esophagus. Metoclopramide is also used to treat nausea, vomiting, heartburn, prolonged fullness after meals, and loss of appetite in patients with diabetes (diabetic gastroparesis). Metoclopramide may also be used to treat other conditions as determined by your doctor.
Some medicines or medical conditions may interact with Metoclopramide. Inform your doctor or pharmacist of all prescription and over-the-counter medicine that you are taking.
DO NOT TAKE Metoclopramide if you are also taking cabergoline or pergolide. Additional monitoring of your dose or condition may be needed if you are taking serotonin reuptake blockers such as sertraline or venlafaxine; monoamine oxidase inhibitors (such as furazolidone, linezolid, moclobemide, phenelzine, procarbazine, selegiline, isocarboxazid, tranylcypromine); narcotic pain medicine; anticholinergic medicines that slow down gastrointestinal movement; certain medicines for mental disorders (such as phenothiazines or haloperidol); or insulin.
DO NOT START OR STOP any medicine without doctor or pharmacist approval. Inform your doctor of any other medical conditions including asthma, Parkinson's disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, congestive heart failure, depression, allergies, pregnancy, or if you are breast-feeding.
USE OF Metoclopramide IS NOT RECOMMENDED if you have a history of gastrointestinal bleeding, blockage, or tear; seizures; or pheochromocytoma. Contact your doctor or pharmacist if you have any questions or concerns about using Metoclopramide.
Follow the directions for using Metoclopramide provided by your doctor.
TAKE Metoclopramide 30 minutes before meals unless directed otherwise by your doctor.
STORE Metoclopramide at room temperature in a tightly-closed container, away from heat and light.
IF YOU MISS A DOSE OF Metoclopramide, take it as soon as possible. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not take 2 doses at once.
DO NOT TAKE Metoclopramide if you have had an allergic reaction to it or are allergic to any ingredient in Metoclopramide. It may take several weeks for Metoclopramide to work. Do not stop using Metoclopramide without checking with your doctor. Keep all doctor and laboratory appointments while you are using the medicine. Metoclopramide may cause drowsiness or dizziness. Do not operate machinery, drive, or do anything else that could be dangerous until you know how you react to Metoclopramide. Metoclopramide will add to the effects of depressants or alcohol. Ask your pharmacist if you have questions about which medicines are depressants.
BEFORE YOU BEGIN TAKING ANY NEW MEDICINE, either prescription or over-the-counter, check with your doctor or pharmacist.
FOR WOMEN: If you plan on becoming pregnant, discuss with your doctor the benefits and risks of using Metoclopramide during pregnancy. Metoclopramide is excreted in breast milk. If you are or will be breast feeding while you are using Metoclopramide, check with your doctor or pharmacist to discuss the risks to your baby.
Possible side effects
SIDE EFFECTS, that may occur while taking Metoclopramide include drowsiness, weariness, dizziness, restlessness, jitteriness, anxiety, agitation, confusion, headache, trouble sleeping, or diarrhea. If they continue or are bothersome, check with your doctor. Contact your doctor immediately if you experience unusual or uncontrollable movements of arms, legs, face, eyes, tongue, mouth, neck, or jaw; unusual or unexplained vision changes; muscle stiffness; fever; sweating; mood changes including depression; or thoughts of hurting yourself. An allergic reaction to Metoclopramide is unlikely, but seek immediate medical attention if it occurs. Symptoms of an allergic reaction include rash, itching, swelling, severe dizziness, or trouble breathing. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor, nurse, or pharmacist.
Drug interactions can result in unwanted side effects or prevent a medicine from doing its job. Use our drug interaction checker to find out if your medicines interact with each other.
If you take too much
If over dose is suspected, contact your local poison control center or emergency room immediately. Symptoms of overdose may include drowsiness; confusion; agitation; muscle restlessness; and unusual movement of eyes, face, or limbs.
If your symptoms do not improve or if they become worse, check with your doctor.
DO NOT SHARE Metoclopramide with others for whom it was not prescribed.
DO NOT USE Metoclopramide for other health conditions.
KEEP Metoclopramide out of the reach of children.
IF USING Metoclopramide FOR AN EXTENDED PERIOD OF TIME, obtain refills before your supply runs out.