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|Generic Name||Metoclopramide HCl|
About the drug:
The drug is an antinauseant and a gastrointestinal stimulant. The medicine is mainly used to treat certain conditions of intestines and stomach. The main ingredient of the medicine is Metoclopramide HCl.
Uses of the drug:
The medicine is used as a short term treatment for continuous heartburn. It is mostly used in treating heartburns that happen during daytime or after a meal. It is also used in treating diabetic gastroparesis in those who are suffering from diabetes. Apart from the above there may be other uses of the medicines as well.
Working of the drug:
The medicine works by decreasing the damage that is done by stomach acid to the swallowing tube. In diabetic patient when it is taken to treat gastroparesis it works by blocking a natural substance dopamine and thereby speeding up stomach emptying and movement of the upper intestines.
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Dosage form and strengths:
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Before you take the drug:
Do not take the drug if you are:
A child less than 1 year old as it may lead to serious side effects
- Are pregnant or planning to be pregnant
- Are breast feeding your baby
Are allergic to the main ingredient of the drug Metoclopramide HCl or to any other ingredient of the drug
Tell your doctor if you:
- Have kidney disease
- Have liver disease
- Have epilepsy
- Have diabetes
- Have history of depression
- Have Parkinson's disease
- Have porphyria
- Are suffering from any other disease
- Are taking any other medicine
- Are allergic to any other medicine.
How much to take the drug?
The dose of the medicine is fixed after your doctor examines you thoroughly. Usually 10 mg is to be taken orally four times a day. The medicine is to be taken 30 minute before each meal and at bed time.
How to take the drug?
The medicine is usually taken four times unless otherwise stated by your doctor. It is to be taken by mouth on an empty stomach with the help of water at least 30 minutes before bed time and meal.
For how long to take it?
The medicine is to be taken for the entire period as prescribed by your doctor. You must not stop the medicine mid-way without consulting your doctor.
In case of overdose of medicine you must get yourself checked by your doctor as soon as possible.
Missed dose should be taken as soon as you can provided the next dose is not near. If the next dose is near, skip the dose and stick to your original schedule.
Side effects of the drug:
Some of the common side effects of the medicine are
- Trouble sleeping
- Slow heart rate
- High blood pressure
- Bowel disturbances
- Involuntary body movement
- Decreased consciousness
- Absence of menstrual period
- Liver toxicity
- Decrease on white blood cell
- Changes in haemoglobin
This is not a complete list of side effects that may happen. There are several other side effects also. In case the side effects persist for long you must get in touch with your doctor.
Common drug interactions:
Drug interaction may change how your medicine work or it may even increase your risk for serious side effects. Some products which may interact with the medicine are atovaquone, dopamine agonists (such as ropinirole, pergolide and cabergoline), antipsychotic drugs (such as haloperidol, aripiprazole), pramlintide, fosfomycin, phenothiazines (such as prochlorperazine, promethazine), rivastigmine.
This is not a complete list of medicine which may interact. There may be other medicines too. Share the list of medicines that you are taking currently with your doctor so that he can check for drug interaction.
Things to remember:
- The medicine is to be taken only for the purpose specified and not for any other purpose.
- Store the medicine in a clean, dry and dark place away from the reach of pets and children.
- Do not share the medicine with any other person even if the person is suffering from the same symptoms.
- Avoid drinking alcohol as consumption of alcohol may lead to increase in some of the side effects of the medicine.
- Avoid using this medication for long as it may lead to involuntary movements.