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How to use Reglan Injection
Brand Name(s): Reglan Injection
Generic Name Metoclopramide Hydrochloride Injection
What is metoclopramide injection?
METOCLOPRAMIDE (Reglan®) has a number of uses. Metoclopramide helps to control and relieve symptoms of gastroesophageal reflux disease such as heartburn. It is also used to help people with poor motility of the stomach and intestinal tract. Metoclopramide helps to relieve nausea and vomiting associated with the treatment of cancer, surgery, or certain intestinal procedures. Generic metoclopramide injections are available.
What should my health care professional know before I receive metoclopramide?
They need to know if you have any of these conditions:
How should I use this medicine?
Metoclopramide is for injection into a muscle or for infusion into a vein. It is usually given by a health-care professional in a hospital or clinic setting.
Contact your pediatrician or health care professional regarding the use of this medicine in children. Special care may be needed.
What if I miss a dose?
This does not apply. If you are being given metoclopramide for the prevention of nausea and vomiting, you will receive it before chemotherapy or before the end of surgery. If you are having metoclopramide injections for diabetic gastroparesis, you will be put on a tablet or syrup once your condition is stable.
What drug(s) may interact with metoclopramide?
Tell your prescriber or health care professional about all other medicines you are taking, including non-prescription medicines, nutritional supplements, or herbal products. Also tell your prescriber or health care professional if you are a frequent user of drinks with caffeine or alcohol, if you smoke, or if you use illegal drugs. These may affect the way your medicine works. Check with your health care professional before stopping or starting any of your medicines.
What side effects may I notice from receiving metoclopramide?
Serious or limiting side effects are uncommon, but may include:
Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your prescriber or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):
What should I watch for while taking metoclopramide?
You may get drowsy or dizzy. Do not drive, use machinery, or do anything that needs mental alertness until you know how metoclopramide affects you. Alcohol can increase drowsiness or dizziness; avoid alcoholic drinks.
If you are going to have surgery, tell your prescriber or health care professional that you are having metoclopramide.
Where can I keep my medicine?
Keep out of the reach of children.
Store at room temperature between 15 and 30 °C (59 and 86 °F). Store dilutions under normal light for up to 24 hours. Throw away unused portions.
(Note: The above information is not intended to replace the advice of your physician, pharmacist, or other healthcare professional. It is not meant to indicate that the use of the product is safe, appropriate, or effective for you.)