Drug Alert: Reglan and Tardive Dyskinesia
What is Reglan?
Reglan is an oral medication which is used to treat certain conditions of the stomach and intestines. It can also be used to remedy heartburn over a short period of time. Reglan is used to treat heartburn when other medicines have failed to work.
Reglan can also be used in diabetic patients who have gastroparesis. Gastroparesis is a condition where the stomach is unable to empty its contents. This is without any kind of obstruction to empty the contents.
What are some normal side effects of Reglan?
-tremors, or restless muscle movements in your eyes, tongue, jaw, or neck;
-mask-like appearance of the face;
-very stiff (rigid) muscles, high fever, sweating, confusion, fast or uneven heartbeats, tremors, feeling like you might pass out;
-depressed mood, thoughts of suicide or hurting yourself;
-hallucinations, anxiety, agitation, jittery feeling, trouble staying still;
-swelling, fluid retention;
-jaundice (yellowing of your skin or eyes); or
Less serious Reglan side effects may include:
-feeling restless, drowsy, tired, or dizzy;
-headache, sleep problems (insomnia);
-nausea, vomiting, diarrhea;
-breast tenderness or swelling;
-changes in your menstrual periods; or
-urinating more than usual.
What is Tardive dyskinesia?
Tardive dyskinesia is a disorder that involves involuntary movement of the body. Characteristics of the disorder include repetitive, involuntary, purposeless movements. These can included grimacing, lip smacking, puckering and rapid eye blinking. Please watch the video below for more information on Tardive Dyskinesia.
Is Tardive dyskinesia permanent?
Yes, it can be. After the patient begins to withdraw from Reglan, the involuntary movements can last for months, years and as started, for life.