March 29, 2011 @ 06:19 PM -- by

As a Corpus Christi Reglan lawyer, I try to remain aware of the problems with Reglan and other medications. Reglan, which is also known by its generic name, metoclopramide has been widely prescribed by doctors to treat gastrointestinal disorders such as acid reflux, morning sickness and nausea. It is also prescribed to treat a person’s short-term heartburn, which is caused by gastroesophageal reflux disease. Reglan and its generic may also be used to help speed up gastric emptying in diabetes patients. Reglan functions as a dopamine antagonist, which raises lower esophageal sphincter pressure.

Reglan and its generic have also linked to a very severe movement disorder which is called tardive dyskinesia. Tardive dyskinesia often causes abnormal and involuntary movements. These involuntary movements mostly involve a person’s face. Some common symptoms include repetitive chewing, facial grimacing, jaw swinging and tongue thrusting.

On February 26, 2009, the United States Food & Drug Administration required that Reglan carry its strictest warning–the"black box" warning label on the package. This Black Box warning tells people taking the drug that it can cause dangerous and life-threatening side effects. Tardive dyskinesia most commonly occurs in people who have taken Reglan or its generic for twelve weeks or longer.

If tardive dyskinesia is treated early, the person may be cured of the involuntary movements. However, sometimes people who have stopped taking the drug still have the involuntary movements. Sometimes tardive dyskinesia gets even worse. To date, there is no solid cure which has been found.

Reglan was first manufactured by A.H. Robins Company, Inc., first manufactured Reglan, but then sold it to Wyeth Pharmaceuticals. Thereafter, in 2001, Wyeth Pharmaceuticals sold it to Schwarz Pharma, Inc.

Contact Corpus Christi Reglan attorney Scott Nelson if you or a loved one needs assistance. Mr. Nelson serves all of Texas.