What are the Metoclopramide Side Effects?

November 12, 2012

What are the Metoclopramide Side Effects?

Metoclopramide is a short-term use, prescribed medication. As with all medications, there are some potential metoclopramide side effects and it is advisable to be aware of them before beginning use of the medication. Any metoclopramide side effects that do occur are most likely to be mild and should clear up fairly quickly and by themselves. Other symptoms may require some simple treatment in order to ensure no further complications arise. In some rare and extreme cases metoclopramide side effects can be serious and medical attention should be sought as quickly as possible. To be able to do this all individuals taking this drug should be aware of the potential metoclopramide side effects so that they can be identified and reported as soon as they appear.

Most common Metoclopramide Side Effects

Most people taking metoclopramide will not experience any side effects at all or alternatively they will be so mild they are barely noticed. The vast majority of people who do suffer from metoclopramides side effects find that symptoms are easily treated either from home or with treatment provided by their doctor. However there are some side effects that should be reported as soon as they are noticed in order to be properly treated and to prevent any further complications or health problems. These include:

  • Becoming easily confused

  • Seizures

  • Felling of depression, which may be accompanied with suicidal thoughts

  • Muscle tension or contractions

  • Internally restless or jittery

  • Unusual and uncontrollable body, face or tongue movements

  • High or low blood pressure

  • Changes in heart rate

  • Signs of congestive heart failure such as shortness of breath

  • Blurred vision

  • Liver problems

  • A blue discolouration of the skin often accompanied by a shortness of breath

  • Frequent infections

  • Symptoms of an allergy such as a rash, hives, swelling, wheezing or itchiness

Metoclopramide and signs of Parkinson’s disease

Metoclopramide side effects can also include symptoms or signs of Parkinson’s disease such as shakiness and tremors or signs and symptoms of neuroleptic malignant syndrome, such as:

  • A high fever

  • Becoming easily confused

  • Muscle stiffness

  • An irregular pulse or change in blood pressure

  • An increased heart rare

  • Excessive sweating

  • Irregular heart rhythms

Other Metoclopramide side effects

Other metoclopramide side effects can include signs suggesting a hormonal imbalance such as beast leakage, missed menstrual periods and in men breast development and erectile dysfunction.

As metoclopramide is an older medication there is not so much information available concerning the side effects as is now provided for newer medications. Information provided is vague and health care providers have no way of knowing who is more likely to experience metoclopramide side effects. In most cases any side effects that are experienced are mild and some of the more common ones may include headaches, fatigue, drowsiness, nausea, diarrhoea and more frequent urination. If you suspect you are suffering from metoclopramide side effects inform your health care provider even if they appear to be mild.

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