Reglan®, also known as metoclopramide, is a pharmaceutical drug sold in the United States. It is sold as Maxolon® in other countries. The drug has been sold since the 1980's and continues to be sold today. Importantly, in 2009, the United States Food and Drug Administration issued a warning, informing the public that research suggested that the use of the drug is a common cause of drug-induced movement disorders.
The typical affliction is known as tardive dyskinesia. That condition usually results after a patient has taken the drug in high doses over a long period of time. The symptoms are usually: involuntary, repetitive, tic-like movements. These involuntary movements commonly affect the facial muscles. However, the limbs, fingers and toes may be affected. Sometimes, the hips and torso may be affected.
The development of tardive dyskinesia frequently occurs in patients who have been treated for digestive disorders. The medication is typically prescribed to help with the passage of food. It is prescribed to both children and adults. Reglan has been used to treat symptoms of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) and diabetic gastroparesis (a condition where the stomach does not properly move). It is also sometimes given to prevent nausea and vomiting.
If you or a loved one were prescribed Reglan and have developed any of the symptoms, please contact the Law Firm of Tapella & Eberspacher LLC. There are no fees or expenses unless a recovery is obtained. You can contact the law firm of Tapella & Eberspacher LLC at (618)628-3800 or (217)239-7800. We have offices in both central Illinois and the St. Louis metropolitan area and we can assist you in protecting your rights against the makers of these dangerous drugs.