Metoclopramide is prescribed for the treatment of certain digestive problems and for the short term treatment of GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease) in patients who do not respond to other forms of treatment.
However, your doctor may also prescribe Metoclopramide for other conditions if found appropriate.
How to use Metoclopramide
The ideal way to use Metoclopramide is to follow the instructions of your doctor. An alternative way is to check the medicine label for dosage instructions.
Metoclopramide should be taken 30 minutes before a meal unless you have been advised some other method.
Preferably, Metoclopramide should be taken at the same time each day to help maintain a regular routine for taking it.
You must not stop taking Metoclopramide without consulting your doctor even if you attain relief after a short while post starting treatment.
Drug Class and Mechanism
Metoclopramide is an antinauseant and gastrointestinal stimulant. It works by increasing the movement of the stomach and the intestines to facilitate the quick movement of food out of it. It also works in certain specific areas of the brain to counter nausea.
It is important that you maintain a strict schedule for taking Metoclopramide to ensure that you do not miss any doses. But if you do, then you may take it as soon as you remember provided that you space out the next dosage accordingly.
On the other hand, if it is almost time for the next dose, then omit this dose and continue with your normal dosage schedule.
Never consume two doses to compensate for a missed dosage.
Store Metoclopramide between 68 to 77 degrees F (15 and 25 Degrees), at room temperature. Ensure that you protect it from direct exposure to heat/moisture/light and from the reach of children and pets.
Avoid storing Metoclopramide in the bathroom.
Consult your doctor before using Metoclopramide if you have conditions like, if you have any kind of allergies to food items, medicines or other substances, if you are using some kind of herbal preparation, dietary supplement, prescription or non prescription drug.
Do not use Metoclopramide if you are allergic to any of the ingredients in it (read medicine label if unsure), you have seizures (e.g., epilepsy); bleeding, blockage, or perforation in your stomach or intestines; or tumors on your adrenal gland (pheochromocytoma); you are taking cabergoline or pergolide; you are taking medicines, such as phenothiazines (e.g., chlorpromazine), that may cause extrapyramidal reactions (abnormal, involuntary muscle movements of the head, neck, or limbs).
You must avoid taking alcoholic beverages while using Metoclopramide as it can increase the chances of becoming drowsy, faint or dizzy. Potentially hazardous tasks like driving, handling heavy machinery should also be avoided.
If you notice symptoms like fever; stiff muscles; confusion; abnormal thinking; fast or irregular heartbeat; and sweating, then contact your doctor immediately for it may be early signs of a potentially fatal syndrome called Neuroleptic malignant syndrome (NMS).
If you are pregnant or have plans for a pregnancy, then consult your doctor before using Metoclopramide as Metoclopramide may harm your fetus.
If you are breast feeding then please maintain caution as it is unknown whether Metoclopramide is passed into the breast milk. So please consult your doctor prior to using it.
Metoclopramide may affect your blood sugar level so please monitor your blood sugar under the supervision of your doctor.
You must inform your doctor or your dentist about Metoclopramide before you undergo treatment or any emergency surgery.
You may be required to undergo certain lab tests including liver and kidney function tests while taking Metoclopramide. These tests are prescribed to monitor the progress as well as the severity of side effects. Please do not miss any lab appointments.