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Link Between Long Term or High Dosage Use of Reglan and Tardive Dyskinesia

By Rachel E. Montes posted in Reglan on Thursday, March 11, 2010

Link Between Long Term or High Dosage Use of Reglan and Tardive Dyskinesia

In March of 2009, The Food and Drug Administration, the federal entity that governs food and drug safety in our country, announced that users of the medication Reglan should be warned of a very serious and potentially devastating disorder called tardive dyskinesia.�@The main ingredient in Reglan is called metoclopramide.�@Reglan, and other drugs containing metoclopramide are commonly used and prescribed for gastrointestinal problems.�@ If you have taken Reglan and suffered this result, please fill out the form located on this page and allow us to evaluate your potential claim for damages.

The FDA, in recognizing the dangers of this drug and the potential for the devastating condition called tardive dyskinesia, forced drug makers to add a black box warning to their drug labels about the risk of the long-term use of the drug or the high-dosage use of the drug.�@ Makers of drugs contining metoclopramide must now include a comprehensive warning for consumers who are taking this drug.

The use of the key ingredient in Reglan, Metoclopramide, over a long period of time has been linked to a disturbing amount of patients developing the condition tardive dyskinesia, which can include involuntary and repetitive movements and twitching of the body. The alarming thing is that this can sometimes occur even if you have not taken the drug for a while.

Reglan, and its key ingredient Metoclopramide is made by the pharmaceutical companies in a variety of formulations including tablets, syrups and injections.�@ The FDA is requiring that the makers of these drugs, including Reglan, provide consumers with a Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategy, to ensure that patients taking this drug and other like it are aware of the risks and have something available to read that discusses the risks.�@

More than 2 million people in this country have used this medicine to treat gastroesophageal reflux disease and other stomach and gastrointestinal ailments.

 

Products that commonly contain metoclopramide:

 

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  • Reglan Tablets
  • Reglan Oral Disintegrating Tablets
  • Metoclopramide Oral Solution
  • Reglan Injection

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What is Tardive Dyskinesia?

Tardive dyskinesia is a disorder characterized by tics and involuntary twitches and body movements, normally of the face, and mouth.�@ Tardive dyskinesia manifests as a side effect of long-term or high-dose use of drugs containing metoclopramide, including Reglan.�@

 

Symptoms of Tardive Dyskinesia

Tardive dyskinesia is generally characterized by repetitive, involuntary, purposeless movements such as:

  • Fine, worm-like movements of the tongue
  • Lip smacking
  • Chewing or sucking movements
  • Grimacing (making faces)
  • Puckering or pursing the lips
  • Tongue protrusion
  • Rapid eye blinking

If you suffer from tardive dyskinesia and have taken a drug such as Reglan, even for as little as 3 months, we can help.  Let us evaluate your claim.  No fee unless we are successful for you and no other obligation. Please contact us today. We are here to help.