Generically known as metoclopramide, Reglan is an oral medication that, by increasing the rate of muscle contractions in the upper digestive tract, helps treat heartburn (cause by gastrointestinal reflux), as well as slow gastric emptying (in people with diabetes). Slow gastric emptying is typically accompanied by nausea, loss of appetite and heartburn.
Reglan is produced by Schwarz Pharma and has been on the market in the U.S. (and FDA approved) since June 1985. Other brand names of Reglan include:
- Degan, by Lek
- Maeran, by Sanofi Aventis
- Maxolon, by Shire and Valeant
- Primperan, by Sanofi Aventis
- Pylomid, by Bosnalijek
Regan has been linked to serious health risks. It’s essential that patients only take Reglan as directed to avoid developing irreversible, potentially fatal Reglan side effects.
Reglan Side Effects
Common, mild Reglan side effects may include:
- Constipation or diarrhea
- Hyper- or hypotension (either extremely high or low levels of blood sugar)
Dangerous Reglan Complications
Reglan has been reported to cause serious complications, which may include:
- Agranulocytosis, a severe lack of infection-fighting white blood cells
- Arrhythmia, irregular heartbeat
- Hyperaldosteronism, a condition in which the adrenal glands produce too much aldosterone and, thereby, dangerously lower the levels of potassium in the blood
- Neuroleptic malignant syndrome, a possibly fatal neurological disorder marked by fever, muscle stiffness and/or delirium
- Tardive dyskinesia, a condition that causes symptoms similar to Parkinson’s diesase, such as repetitive involuntary movements
If you or someone you care about has suffered severe side effects of Reglan, contact our law offices today. Much of our practice is devoted to helping persons who have been injured by defective drugs like Reglan. We have experience in pharmaceutical litigation and may be able to help you and your family recover compensation for your injuries.