Reglan® Linked to Tardive Dyskinesia
Reglan®(metoclopramide) is a doctor-prescribed medication that increases the contractions of the stomach and small intestine, helping with the passage of food. Prescribed to both children and adults, Reglan® has been used to treat symptoms of diabetic gastroparesis (a condition in which the stomach does not contract) and gastroesophageal reflux (GER). It is also given to cancer chemotherapy and surgery patients to prevent nausea and vomiting.
Recently, serious side effects including a neurological disorder called tardive dyskinesia, has been linked to Reglan®. The risk of this potentially permanent movement disorder is thought to increase with extended use of Reglan®. Other serious complications that can occur with Reglan® (metoclopramide) use include:
- Kidney Disease
On February 26, 2009, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) began requiring that drug labels from manufacturers of metoclopramide include a Black Box warning about the risks associated with long-term or high-dose usage.
If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with tardive dyskinesia or have had other health complications after using this dangerous drug, please contact a personal injury attorney at Schlichter, Bogard & Denton for a free consultation. Attorneys are now investigating cases throughout the country.
Additional Adverse Conditions Caused by Reglan® (metroclopramide)
Since no known treatment exists for tardive dyskinesia, you should be aware of the risks of taking Reglan® for longer than three months. The side effects can be mild or more serious, like that of tardive dyskinesia. The often irreversible side effects of tardive dyskinesia have the following characteristics:
- Jerking movements with the tongue, face, mouth and jaw
- Random movements of the arms, legs and trunk
- Involuntary movement of the hands and fingers
- Mask-like appearance in the face
- Rapid eye blinking
- Constant Lip smacking
- Impaired movement of the hands and fingers
Types of Reglan® Currently Prescribed
Approximately two million people are currently using Reglan® (metoclopramide) in one of its many forms. And, according to the FDA, is the most common cause of drug-induced movement disorders found in pharmaceutical injury cases. The forms in which Reglan® is prescribed are:
- Reglan® tablets
- Reglan® Oral Disintegrating Tablets
- Metoclopramide Oral Solution
- Reglan® Injection
Evaluating Your Legal Options
If you have suffered from the side effects of Reglan® use and are concerned about its long-term effects, contact the pharmaceutical injury attorneys at Schlichter, Bogard & Denton. We’ll schedule a no-cost, no-obligation consultation so that you can privately discuss your case and consider your legal options. As a national leader in pharmaceutical litigation, our law firm has the case experience you need.