Are there any risks in taking metoclopramide?

There are some risks in taking metoclopramide. This medication can make you drowsy or dizzy, especially if you drink alcohol or take it with other medications that also cause drowsiness. Do not drive or perform any unsafe activities until you know how your body reacts to the medication. If you are diabetic, metoclopramide can impact your blood sugar, so check levels regularly. Always tell your doctor or dentist that you are taking metoclopramide before you have surgery or any medical, dental or emergency care. If you experience fever, stiff muscles, mental confusion or abnormal thoughts, changed heartbeat or sweating, call your doctor, since these are symptoms of neuroleptic malignant syndrome (NMS), which can be fatal. Some individuals, especially if they are elderly or women, have uncontrollable muscular movements. Tell your doctor right away if you have any muscle problems. If you take metoclopramide, you may increase your risk for mental or mood changes, suicidal thoughts or actions. This medication can increase the hormone prolactin in your blood, so if you have an increase in breast size, a skipped menstrual period, nipple discharge or decreased sexual capability, inform your doctor immediately. Metoclopramide should be taken with caution by the elderly and with extreme caution by children, since the risks of side effects may be greater. If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, contact your doctor to discuss the risks and benefits of metoclopramide to you and to a developing fetus or nursing infant. Some individuals who take this medication have withdrawal symptoms, such as dizziness, nervousness and headache, when they stop taking it. Because of the risks associated with metoclopramide, it is extremely important to have regular medical monitoring to ensure the medication is working successfully.

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