Uses and How to Use Reglan
Reglan (Metoclopramide) Oral
Reglan is used to treat certain conditions of the stomach and intestines. This medication is used as a short-term treatment (4 to 12 weeks) for persistent heartburn when the traditional medicines do not work well enough. Reglan is mostly used for heartburn that occurs after a meal or during the daytime. Treating persistent heartburn can decrease the damage done by stomach acid to the esophagus and aid in healing.
Metoclopramide is also used in diabetic patients who have poor emptying of their stomachs (gastroparesis). Treating gastroparesis can decrease symptoms of nausea, vomiting, and stomach fullness. Reglan works by blocking the chemical dopamine, and speeds up stomach emptying and movement of the upper intestines.
How to use Reglan Oral
Read the medication guide before taking Reglan and each time you get a refill. Consult your doctor if you have any questions. Take Reglan by mouth 30 minutes before meals and at bedtime.
Dosage is based on your weight, medical conditions, and response to treatment. If heartburn only occurs at certain times, your doctor may direct you to take a single dose before those times instead of taking it throughout the day. This will reduce your risk of side effects.
Because of the risk of Tardive Dyskinesia, do not take Reglan more often, or for longer than directed by your doctor. According to the manufacturer, treatment should not exceed 12 weeks.