Problems associated with Reglan

Posted by on Jan 8, 2015 in Medical Defects | 0 comments

Prescription drugs are often the target of civil action because they are typically inherently dangerous even when taken as prescribed. This is the issue with Reglan, (generic name metoclopramide) which was approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the short-term (4-12 weeks) treatment of chronic digestive problems such as heartburn, diabetic gastroparesis and gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) in 1980.

Several years after FDA approval, long-term use of Reglan began to be linked to tardive dyskinesia, a serious neurological condition characterized by involuntary, repetitive movements of the face, eyes, tongue, fingers and limbs. Statistics show that about 29% of patients that use the drug for more than 12 weeks develop tardive dyskinesia. Another possible side effect from short-term (12 weeks) use Reglan may include Neuroleptic Malignant Syndrome (NMS), an often fatal conditions characterized by fever, sweating, muscle rigidity, unsteady blood pressure, and autonomic dysfunction.

Metoclopramide acts on the digestive tract, speeding up food movement through the digestive system. It has also been shown to have a positive effect on pregnancy-related nausea and migraine headaches, although these conditions are not approved for a Reglan prescription by the FDA. Currently, The FDA has approved Reglan for the treatment of post-surgical nauseas and post chemotherapy nausea as well.

According to the website of Evans Moore, LLC, the consequences of taking dangerous drugs can be minimized if the drug manufacturer gives physicians and the public full disclosure about the associated risks. The first Reglan lawsuits began more than 20 years ago but a series of FDA warnings, the last of which was issued in 2009, increased the public’s awareness of the dangers of using Reglan and its generic counterparts, especially for off-label and long-term use. This resulted in new lawsuits being filed, most of which alleged that the drug’s manufacturer Pfizer failed to provide adequate warning about the risks associated with using Reglan or its generic versions.

If you have acquired a serious medical condition from taking Reglan or its generic counterparts, you will probably have it for the rest of your life. Consult with a dangerous drugs lawyer in your area to find out your legal options.

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