Raglan (metoclopramide): overview and application

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Raglan (metoclopramide) is a drug that increases the movement or contraction of the stomach and intestines. When given as an injection, it is used to diagnose certain stomach and / or intestinal problems . It is also used as an injection to prevent nausea and vomiting that can occur after treatment with anticancer drugs.

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Before using this medicine

The risks associated with taking a drug must be weighed against the benefits it will bring. You should discuss the following with your healthcare professional.

  • Allergies: Tell your doctor if you have ever had an unusual or allergic reaction to metoclopramide, novocaine, or procainamide. Also tell your healthcare provider if you are allergic to any other substances, such as foods, preservatives, or dyes.
  • Lactation: Metoclopramide passes into breast milk and may cause unwanted effects in nursing infants.
  • Children: Muscle spasms, especially of the jaw, neck, and back, and tic (convulsive) head and face movements may be especially likely in children. Term and premature babies can develop blood problems with high doses of metoclopramide.
  • Elderly: Shuffling, shaking, and shaking hands may be especially common in elderly patients after long-term use of metoclopramide.
  • Other medications: When you are taking metoclopramide, it is especially important for your healthcare provider to know if you are taking central nervous system (CNS) depressants (a drug that causes drowsiness). Using these medications with metoclopramide can cause severe drowsiness.

Other medical problems

The presence of other medical problems can affect the use of metoclopramide. Be sure to tell your doctor if you have other health problems, especially:

  • Abdominal or stomach bleeding
  • Asthma
  • High blood pressure
  • Intestinal obstruction
  • Mental depression
  • Parkinson's disease: Metoclopramide can make these conditions worse.
  • Epilepsy: Metoclopramide can increase the risk of seizures.
  • Kidney disease (severe): Higher levels of metoclopramide may occur in the blood, which may increase the chance of side effects.
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