Reglan (Metoclopramide) is a pro-kinetic drug which stimulates the muscles of the gastrointestinal tract, including the lower oesophageal sphincter, stomach, and small intestines and thereby facilitating gastric emptying.
Reglan (Metoclopramide) is used to treat heartburn due to gastro-oesophageal reflux in patients who have tried other medications and have not had any relief from their symptoms. It is also used to facilitate gastric emptying in diabetic patients who suffer from gastric stasis and delayed gastric emptying. The symptoms of gastroesophageal reflux disease and diabetic gastric stasis include nausea, heartburn, anorexia, abdominal fullness, etc.
Dosage and administration
This medicine is available as tablets of 10 mg and 15 mg concentrations. The route of administration is oral. The usual recommended dose is the 10 to 15 mg tablets that are to be taken 30 minutes before every meal and at bedtime (3 to 4 times in a day). Take the drug only as prescribed by your doctor. Do not break or crush the tablets. Immediately after removing the tablet from its strip, place it under your tongue, allow it to dissolve and then swallow. It is not required to take it with water. Do not take the drug for more than 12 weeks due to the risk of Tardive Dyskinesia (a potentially irreversible disorder characterized by involuntary movements of the hands, legs, face, etc.). To treat diabetic stasis, this medication is usually prescribed for 2 to 8 weeks until your gastrointestinal tract works better. Your doctor would advise you on the proper use of this medication.