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What should I know about metoclopramide ODT before using it?

Before taking metoclopramide ODT (orally disintegrating tablets), you should know the following:

  •  This drug should not be taken in larger doses than recommended or for periods longer than three months, to avoid the risk of tardive dyskinesia, a condition causing uncontrolled muscle movement or tremors, particularly in older women. Stop using this drug immediately and call your doctor if you experience: uncontrolled muscle movement, tremors, sweating, confusion, irregular or rapid heartbeat, stiff muscles, fever, rapid breathing, seizures, jaundice, anxiety, hallucinations, depressed mood, or have thoughts of self-harm or suicide.
  •  This medication may not be right for you if you have a stomach or intestinal perforation, bleeding or blockage in your stomach or intestine, an adrenal gland tumor, or epilepsy or other seizure disorders.
  •  Before using metoclopramide ODT, be sure to tell your doctor if you have diabetes, kidney or liver disease, congestive heart failure, or a history of depression. These conditions may prevent you from using this drug, or you may require dosage adjustments on other medications you are taking.
  •  You should avoid alcohol while using this drug, as alcohol increases the risk of certain side effects.
  •  It is possible to experience withdrawal symptoms, including nervousness, headache, and dizziness, when you stop taking this drug. Talk to your doctor about ways to avoid these symptoms.
  •  Do not use this drug if you are breastfeeding, as it can pass into breast milk.
  •  Metoclopramide ODT appears to be safe for use during pregnancy. (Talk to your doctor about possible risks.)

 

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