What is Reglan?

Reglan is a prescription medication used to treat heartburn and other symptoms of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). It works by decreasing the amount of acid produced in the stomach.

This medication is available in tablet and liquid form. It is usually taken 3-4 times a day, with or without food.

Reglan

Side Effects

Common side effects of Reglan include:

diarrhea

nausea

vomiting

dizziness

headache

tiredness

rare but serious side effects include: seizures, irregular heartbeat, and low blood pressure. If you experience any of these side effects, call your doctor immediately.

Drug Interactions

Reglan may interact with other medications, so be sure to tell your doctor about all the drugs you are taking, including over-the-counter medications, vitamins, and herbal supplements. Do not start or stop any medication without first talking to your doctor.

Pregnancy and Reglan

Reglan is not recommended for use during pregnancy. This drug can pass into breast milk and may harm a nursing baby. If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, talk to your doctor before taking this medication.

Dosage

The usual starting dose of Reglan is 10-15 mg 3-4 times a day. Your doctor will adjust your dose based on your response to the medication.

Overdose

Symptoms of an overdose may include: seizures, irregular heartbeat, and low blood pressure.

Pharmacokinetics

Reglan is absorbed quickly from the gastrointestinal tract and reaches peak levels in about 1 hour. It has a half-life of 3-6 hours.

Reglan is metabolized in the liver and excreted in the urine.

Alternatives to Reglan

There are many alternative medications available to treat heartburn and GERD. Some of these include:

antacids

H2 blockers

proton pump inhibitors

Interactions

Reglan may interact with other medications, so be sure to tell your doctor about all the drugs you are taking, including over-the-counter medications, vitamins, and herbal supplements. Do not start or stop any medication without first talking to your doctor.

Pregnancy and Reglan

Reglan is not recommended for use during pregnancy. This drug can pass into breast milk and may harm a nursing baby. If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, talk to your doctor before taking this medication.

Research

Research suggests that Reglan is effective at treating heartburn and GERD. The usual starting dose is 10-15 mg 3-4 times a day. Side effects may include diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, dizziness, headache, and tiredness. If you experience any serious side effects, call your doctor immediately. Reglan may interact with other medications, so be sure to tell your doctor about all the drugs you are taking before starting this medication. This drug is not recommended for use during pregnancy as it can pass into breast milk and harm a nursing baby. If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, talk to your doctor before taking this medication.

Are H2 Blockers more effective than Reglan?

A systematic review evaluating the efficacy of proton pump inhibitors (PPIs), H2 blockers, and antacids found that PPIs are more effective than H2 blockers or antacids in the treatment of GERD symptoms. However, H2 blockers may be more effective than antacids in alleviating heartburn symptoms. If you are experiencing heartburn or other GERD symptoms, talk to your doctor about the best treatment option for you.

What are the long-term effects of taking Reglan?

Reglan is generally well-tolerated when taken as directed. The most common side effects are diarrhea, nausea, and vomiting. These side effects usually resolve within a few days with continued use of the medication. Rare but serious side effects may include seizures, irregular heartbeat, and low blood pressure. If you experience any of these side effects, call your doctor immediately. Long-term use of Reglan has been associated with tardive dyskinesia, a serious neurological disorder characterized by involuntary muscle movements. If you experience any involuntary muscle movements while taking this medication, talk to your doctor right away. This condition is more likely to occur in older adults and may be irreversible. Talk to your doctor about the risks and benefits of taking this medication before starting treatment.