Reglan® Side Effects

Reglan®, a liquid medication prescribed for people whose stomachs empty too slowly, has been linked to a range of side effects, ranging from mild to severe. One of the most serious side effects associated with long-term use of Reglan® is a condition called tardive dyskinesia.

If you're suffering from tardive dyskinesia after being treated with Reglan®, please contact a Reglan® lawyer for a free review of your case. You may be entitled to financial compensation.

Tardive Dyskinesia

One of the most serious side effects of Reglan® is tardive dyskinesia, a syndrome that is characterized by jerky writhing involuntary movements, especially of the:

  • Tongue
  • Face
  • Mouth
  • Jaw

The elderly, in particular older women and diabetics, are especially at risk for tardive dyskinesia if they take high doses of Reglan® for longer periods of time.

Other Reglan® Side Effects

The drug can also cause symptoms similar to those of Parkinson's disease. These include:

  • Slow movements
  • Rigidity
  • Tremor
  • Face that has a mask-like appearance

Other side effects, which might disappear over time or if the dosage is reduced, include:

  • Restlessness
  • Anxiety
  • Foot tapping
  • Pacing
  • Inability to be still
  • Jitteriness
  • Insomnia

The medication has also been linked to an increase in the risk of neuroleptic malignant syndrome, a life-threatening disorder of the brain. Symptoms include:

  • High fever
  • Muscle rigidity
  • Altered consciousness
  • Abnormal pulse or blood pressure
  • Irregular or fast heartbeat
  • Increased sweating

Allergic Reaction

Some patients might have a severe allergic reaction to the medication. Patients should seek emergency medical attention if they experience rash; itching; swelling of the face, tongue and throat; severe dizziness; or trouble breathing.

Other Important Safety Information

In addition to understanding the possibility of having tardive dyskinesia or other side effects from taking Reglan®, patients should know not to drink alcohol when taking Reglan® because alcohol can increase some of the medication's side effects.

Persons should not take Reglan® if they have bleeding or blockage in the stomach or intestines, perforation in the stomach or intestines, epilepsy or other seizure disorders, or an adrenal gland tumor.

Before taking Reglan®, patients should tell their doctors if they have kidney disease, liver disease (especially cirrhosis), congestive heart failure, high blood pressure, Parkinson's disease, diabetes, or a history of depression.

If you are diagnosed with tardive dyskinesia after taking Reglan®, contact us to schedule a free case review with a qualified tardive dyskinesia attorney.