What is Reglan®?
Reglan®, also known as Metoclopramide® is an antiemetic and gastroprokinetic agent. Reglan is primarily used to treat nausea and vomiting, and to facilitate gastric emptying in patients with gastroparesis. It is also a primary treatment for migraine headaches.
It is available under various trade names including Maxolon® (Shire/Valeant), Reglan® (Schwarz Pharma), Degan® (Lek), Maxeran® (Sanofi Aventis), Primperan® (Sanofi Aventis), and Pylomid® (Bosnalijek). It was protected under U.S. patent (3177252) until 6 April 1982.
The Reglan® Risk
On February 25, 2009, the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) required the manufacturers of metoclopramide-containing drugs (Reglan) to add a “Black Box” warning to the products warning of an increased risk of the development of Tardive Dyskinesia.
Tardive dyskinesia is a rare neurological syndrome caused by the long-term use of neuroleptic drugs. Neuroleptic drugs are generally prescribed for psychiatric disorders, as well as for some gastrointestinal and neurological disorders. Tardive dyskinesia is characterized by repetitive, involuntary, purposeless movements.
You should contact your doctor if you have any of these symptoms:
- Tongue Protrusion
- Lip Smacking, Puckering and Pursing
- Rapid Eye Blinking
- Rapid Movements of the Arms, Legs, and Trunk May also Occur.
What is Tardive Dyskinesia?
Tardive dyskinesia (TD) is a drug-induced movement disorder caused by the long-term use of neuroleptic drugs. Tardive means “delayed” and dyskinesia means “abnormal movement.” This serious neurological syndrome is often irreversible and may become permanent. Many times patients are diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease, but in fact they are suffering from tardive dyskinesia.
Tardive Dyskinesia Diagnosis
Tardive dyskinesia is diagnosed through a physical, neurological and psychiatric examination along with a complete drug history, which rules out other disorders which produce abnormal involuntary movements and may resemble tardive dyskinesia (such as Parkinson’s disease, choreas, dystonias, akathisia, stereotypic movements, tics and tremors).
Reglan® Recovery Lawsuits
If you believe that you were injured by taking Reglan®, the attorneys at Slater Slater Schulman LLP are here to help. Please call us at 1-800-251-6990 or fill out the form below and someone from our office will contact you to discuss your case. The consultation is free of charge.
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