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Metoclopramide - Indications, Dosage, Side Effects and Precautions

Last Updated on May 11, 2020
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Information about Metoclopramide

Generic Name : Metoclopramide
Pronunciation : MET-oh-KLOE-pra-mide
Latest prescription information about Metoclopramide. Learn how to pronounce the drug's name, its indications, dosage, how to take, when to take, when not to take, side effects, special precautions, warnings and its storage instructions . Also listed are the International and Indian trade name(s) of the drug and its price list.
ICD Code : Y43.0 | Therapeutic Classification : Antiemetics

Trade Names/Brand Names of Metoclopramide

India : 


International : 

Reglan , Metozolv ODT

Why is Metoclopramide Prescribed? (Indications)

This medication is a gastrointestinal stimulant and antinauseant, prescribed for heartburn and esophagitis due to GERD and for treating patients who have gastroparesis (partial paralysis of the stomach) and prevention of nausea and vomiting associated with cancer chemotherapy. 

When should Metoclopramide not be taken? (Contraindications)

Contraindicated in patients with pheochromocytoma, bleeding, blockage, or perforation in stomach or intestines; and hypersensitivity.

What is the dosage of Metoclopramide?

Gastroparesis is treated with 10 mg administered orally four times daily, 30 minutes before each meal and at bedtime.
Nausea and vomiting associated with emetogenic cancer chemotherapy:
Adults: IV- 2 mg/kg by infusion 30 min before chemotherapy, repeated every 2 hours for 2 doses, then every 3 hours for 3 doses.

How should Metoclopramide be taken?

It comes as a tablet, an orally disintegrating (dissolving) tablet, and a solution (liquid) to take by mouth. It is usually taken 4 times a day on an empty stomach, 30 minutes before each meal and at bedtime. Injection is administered by health care providers into the vein.

What are the warnings and precautions for Metoclopramide?

• Caution needed for children, elderly, patients with history of liver or kidney disease, porphyria (group of inherited or acquired disorders of certain enzymes), epilepsy, Parkinson's disease, diabetes, history of depression.

It may cause dizziness. Do not drive a car or operate machinery until you know how this medication affects you.

Do not drink alcohol or use medicines that may cause drowsiness.

Do not take more than the recommended dose or use this medication for longer than 12 weeks without checking with your doctor.

Avoid prolong usage of this medication, otherwise it may lead to involuntary movements.

What are the side effects of Metoclopramide?

  Heart: Acute heart failure, slow heart rate, fluid retention, high blood pressure, low blood pressure and fast heart rate.
  Central Nervous System: Sedation, dizziness, restlessness, involuntary body movements, spasms, depression, malignant neuroleptic syndrome (condition where patient experiences rigidity, decreased consciousness, fever and fluctuating blood pressure and heart rate may be fatal).
  Gastrointestinal: Bowel disturbances, primarily diarrhea and nausea.
  Skin: Transient flushing of face or upper body with high IV doses.
  Hormone: Galactorrhea ( spontaneous flow of milk from the breast), breast enlargement in men and increase in serum prolactin.
  Genitourinary: Absence of a menstrual period, elevation of aldosterone, fluid retention, impotence, incontinence and urinary frequency.
  Liver: Liver toxicity (rare).
  Blood: Decrease in white blood cells and changes in hemoglobin.
  Hypersensitivity: Rapid swelling of dermis, including glossal or laryngeal edema (rare), rash and itching.
  Miscellaneous: Visual disturbances.

What are the other precautions for Metoclopramide?

Insulin dosage or timing of dosage may require adjustment for diabetes patients.

What are the storage conditions for Metoclopramide?

Injection: Store it at 25C. Store it in an airtight container and protect from light.
Learn more about Metoclopramide's interaction with Alcohol

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sanjay netam, India

Sir I am asking one question metoclopramide hcl is very older drug but a/c to my knowledge there is no dispersible tablet found in the market what the reason behind this `

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