Reglan® Dosage

Reglan® is a prescription drug administered orally or by injection to help patients' stomachs expel their contents more quickly. The stomachs of diabetics, for example, often don't empty as quickly as they should, resulting in unstable blood glucose levels. The drug works by increasing the contractions of the stomach and small intestine.

Reglan® Dosage

The prescribed dosage of Reglan® depends upon:

  • the problem being treated
  • other medical conditions the patient might have
  • other medications the person is taking

General Reglan® Dosage Information

The medication comes in three different forms:

  • oral tablet
  • oral solution
  • injectable solution

It is important for the patient to let the doctor know if he or she has any kidney problems. In that case, a smaller dose may need to be prescribed. The medication is not approved to be taken longer than 12 weeks in a row. If Reglan® is to work properly, it must be taken exactly as prescribed in terms of dosage and timing.

Below are a couple of examples of medical problems and the doses prescribed for them:

  • For heartburn and GERD (gastroesophageal reflex disease) — 10 mg to 15 mg four times a day, 30 minutes before meals and at bedtime. For people especially sensitive to Reglan®, dosing may begin at 5 mg four times daily. For those who have symptoms only at certain times daily or in response to certain foods, a single 20 mg dose of Reglan® may be given for the day before the anticipated symptoms occur.
  • For diabetic gastroparesis (the stomach empties too slowly) — 10 mg four times a day, 30 minutes before meals and at bedtime between two and eight weeks. Diabetics with more severe diseases may need to begin taking the medication as an injection for a number of days, then make the transition to oral doses.

If a patient misses a dose of Reglan®, he or she should take it as soon as remembered. If it is close to the time the next dose is due, it is better to wait and take it at the regularly scheduled time.

Dosage for other reasons for taking Reglan® depends upon why the drug is being taken and the individual patient's medical needs. Other conditions for which Reglan® is prescribed include: preventing nausea and vomiting when receiving chemotherapy, small bowel intubation, and x-ray exams of the stomach and small intestines.

Reglan® should not be used in patients younger than 18 years old or in children.

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