Produced by Schwarz Pharma, Reglan® is an oral tablet prescribed in the treatment of:
- the heartburn associated with gastroesophageal reflux disease (also known as GERD), a condition resulting from the backup of stomach acid into the esophagus
- diabetic gastric stasis (also known as diabetic gastropareis), a condition marked by nausea, vomiting, heartburn and loss of appetite due to a delay in the emptying of the stomach's contents.
Reglan® is generically known as metoclopramide and may also be sold under the following brand names:
- Degan, made by Lek
- Maxeran, made by Sanofi Aventis
- Maxolon, made by Shire/Valeant
- Primperan, made by Sanofi Aventis
- Pylomid, made by Bosnalijek.
To minimize the possibility of side effects, it's crucial that Reglan® is:
- only taken as directed
- not taken for longer than 12 weeks
- is taken with a full glass of water
- is taken before meals and at bedtime.
Should Reglan® patients miss a dose of this medication, they should take the missed dose as soon as they remember (Unless it's near the time for the next dose, at which point, they should skip the missed dose and take the next Reglan® dose at the appropriate time).
Alternately, Reglan® overdoses are serious events that will call for emergency medical care to prevent patients from developing further health problems.
Reglan® Side Effects
In most cases, Reglan® patients will only develop minor, if any, side effects after taking this drug. Common, mild Reglan® side effects may include:
- breast swelling
- changes in menstrual cycles
- increased frequency or urination
- insomnia (or other sleeping problems)
Unfortunately, however, some other rare but serious Reglan® side effects have also been reported. These Reglan® medication side effects can include:
- agranulocytosis, a condition characterized by low levels of white blood cells (If left untreated, agranulocytosis can result in osteoporosis and other irreversible conditions.)
- aldosteronism, a condition in which the adrenal glands produce excessive hormones and lead to low blood-potassium levels (If left untreated, aldosteronism can be fatal, as it may result in heart attack, heart failure, stroke or kidney failure.)
- depression and/or suicidal thoughts
- neuroleptic malignant syndrome (NMS), a life-threatening condition marked by delirium, fever and muscle rigidity
- severe allergic reaction
- tachycardia, an arrhythmia marked by increased heart rate
- tardive dyskinesia, involuntary, repetitive writhing movements affecting the face, trunk and/or limbs.
While some the serious Reglan® side effects are incurable, in the worst cases, they can be fatal without prompt medical attention.
Reglan® Drug Lawsuits
Anyone who develops serious, life-threatening complications after taking Reglan® medications should:
- Seek emergency medical care to save their lives.
- Follow through with all long-term prescribed treatments for the best chances of recovery.
- Meet with an experienced Reglan® lawyer, once their health is stable, to learn more about their legal rights.
During a free initial consultation, injured Reglan® patients can find out if they have a legal claim against Schwarz Pharma. Additionally, they can get expert advice regarding the best manner in which to pursue their claim.
If You Have Been Injured by Reglan®
Have you or a loved one been injured after using Reglan®? If so, contact us to speak with an experienced Reglan® Attorney who specializes in drug recall litigation & lawsuits. Let us help you win the compensation you need and deserve.