Reglan Side Effects and Health Problems
In early 2009 the Federal Drug Administration (FDA) began requiring Reglan to have a black box warning due to the dangerous side effects associated with Reglan.
What is Reglan and Why Was it Black Boxed?
Reglan is a prescription drug that is also known by the name motoclopramide. Reglan is used to treat gastrointestinal disorders (GERD), heartburn, morning sickness and other causes for nausea.
Reglan was black boxed in early 2009 due to dangerous health problems that were occurring from people taking Reglan. One of the most prevalent reasons why it was black boxed was because chronic use of Reglan is linked to Tardive Dyskinesia.
Tardive Dyskinesia has been linked to long term usage of Reglan. The FDA has approved Reglan for short term use (4 to 12 weeks) but many people who require a Reglan prescription are directed to take the drug for longer spans of time, in fact, 30 percent of people who are prescribed Reglan are instructed to take it for 12 months or longer. In cases where long term use of Reglan is required the risk of Tardive Dyskinesia increases.
Tardive Dyskinesia does not have a cure and can range from being temporary to being something more permanent that lasts throughout the remainder of a persons life.
Common symptoms of Tardive Dyskinesia from Reglan are:
- Lip smacking
- Tongue protrusion
- Lip puckering
- Lip pursing
- Rapid eye blinking
- Rapid movements of the arms
- Rapid movements of the legs
- Impaired movements of the fingers (may appear as if playing a piano or a guitar)
- Swaying of the trunk
- Swaying of the hips
- High fever
- Unstable blood pressure
- Muscular rigidity
- Autonomic dysfunction