What is metoclopramide?

Metoclopramide is a prescription medication used to temporarily treat gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) in individuals for whom other therapy does not work. It also can treat symptoms of diabetic gastroparesis, which is a digestive condition in diabetics where the stomach doesn't empty fast enough. In addition, metoclopramide may be used to prevent nausea and vomiting from surgery or chemotherapy. Metoclopramide is a gastrointestinal stimulant, as well as an antinauseant. It works by blocking a chemical in the brain and by increasing the muscle contractions of the upper digestive tract. This helps speed up the time it takes the stomach to empty into the intestines. It also works in specific brain areas to reduce nausea.

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