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FDA: Long-Term Reglan Use May Be Dangerous

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warns against the long-term use of drugs that contain Reglan (metoclopramide), which is used to treat gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), acid reflux disease and heartburn. The drug also is used to treat nausea in cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy and after surgery. Some pregnant women suffering from morning sickness have used Reglan.

The FDA has made it clear: Long-term use of Reglan can cause serious harm. Now is the time to learn about your rights.

Users of Metoclopramide at Risk of Uncontrollable Twitching

The frequent and long-term use of Reglan has been linked to tardive dyskinesia, which is the involuntary movement of the facial muscles. The disorder causes uncontrollable, repetitive movements of the body. Symptoms include:

  • Lip smacking
  • Grimacing
  • Tongue protrusion
  • Puckering and pursing of the lips
  • Rapid eye movements or blinking
  • Rapid movements of the fingers, arms, legs and trunk.

These symptoms are rarely reversible and no known treatment exists.

Serious side effects can change your life forever, but you have your rights. Not taking action now might affect how Reglan users are held responsible for accepting this elevated risk.

Other Serious Reglan Side Effects

Another serious Reglan side effect is Neuropleptic Malignant Syndrome (NMS), which is often fatal. Symptoms, which include high fever, sweating, unstable blood pressure, stupor, muscular rigidity and autonomic dysfunction, can appear within the first 2 weeks of taking the drug.

In children and adults under 30, Reglan may cause involuntary movements of the arms and legs, and sometimes loud or labored breathing, usually in the first day or two of treatment.

New adverse side effect information is emerging. Act now to learn about your options.

Reglan Must Carry 'Black Box Warning'

The FDA requires that the drug carry a black box warning about the risks of using metoclopramide for a long time or at a high dose. Manufacturers must ensure that patients are given a medication guide that discusses the risks of the drug each time they receive this medication from a pharmacy.

Reglan is approved for the short-term (no longer than 3 months) treatment of gastrointestinal disorders. The FDA approved its use for 4 to 12 weeks, but a study found that 20 percent of patients have been taking the drug for a year or more.

The chronic use of metoclopramide therapy should be avoided in all but rare cases where the benefit is believed to outweigh the risk, according to the FDA.

The FDA has issued its strongest warning about the risks associated with Reglan. You have rights that need to be protected. Learn how you can get help.

Who is most at risk?

Those who are at greatest risk include elderly people, especially older women, and people who have been on the drug for a long time. A study published by the New England Journal of Medicine found that Reglan usage does not contribute to birth defects, but the study did not look at the side effects for the mother.

Even younger people can suffer serious side effects as a result of taking Reglan. You deserve justice. Don't delay taking action.

How Do Patients Take Reglan?

Metoclopramide can be found in Reglan tablets, Reglan oral disintegrating tablets, Metoclopramide oral solution and Reglan injection. The FDA estimates that more than 2 million Americans use these products.

You may be entitled to compensation for injuries related to the use of Reglan. If you are suffering from tardive dyskinesia or any other side effect as a result of taking this drug, you deserve full compensation for your hardship. You will receive a free and confidential review of your specific circumstances. It's important for you to take action now. Any delay could jeopardize your rights.

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