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Metoclopramide HCl - Overview
Metoclopramide, marketed under the brand name Reglan, is a dopamine-2 receptor antagonist medication. People in need of a metoclopramide prescription can connect with a licensed medical provider through Push Health who can prescribe metoclopramide if safe and appropriate to do so.
Metoclopramide HCl - Mechanism of Action
Metoclopramide is indicated for the treatment of specific cases of gastroesophageal reflux and relief of symptoms in recurrent diabetic gastroparesis. Metoclopramide hydrochloride (metoclopramide HCl) is a dopamine-2 receptor antagonist that is soluble in water and is found as a white crystalline, odorless substance. Metoclopramide stimulates the upper gastrointestinal tract and is thought to make tissues more sensitive to acetylcholine. Metoclopramide also increases lower esophageal sphincter pressure and is thought to increase duodenal and jejunal peristaltic activity. Some anecdotal reports suggest that metoclopramide, like prochlorperazine, might be useful in treating migraine symptoms but there is no official indication for that use.
Metoclopramide - Dosage and Prices
Metoclopramide achieves peak plasma concentrations within two hours of an oral dose and the mean elimination half life is roughly six hours. Some metoclopramide is bound to proteins in the plasma and metabolism occurs in the liver. The majority of metoclopramide is excreted in the urine. Metoclopramide is available as metoclopramide 5 mg and metoclopramide 10 mg tablets. Metoclopramide tablets should be stored between 20° C and 25° C. Generic metoclopramide is considered an affordable medication. At most pharmacies, these medications cost under thirty cents per tablet. Additionally, insurance plans may also cover part or all of the cost of the medication. Metoclopramide coupons may also be available from the manufacturer or online.
Can I Buy Metoclopramide Online?
Metoclopramide is a prescription medication and, as a result, metoclopramide OTC (over-the-counter) in the United States. Because of these regulations, one cannot simply buy metoclopramide online legally. Instead, a valid metoclopramide prescription is first needed before a pharmacy will dispense the medication. Push Health can connect people who need a metoclopramide prescription with a medical provider who can prescribe the medication if clinically appropriate.
Metoclopramide - Side Effects
Metoclopramide, like most medications, can cause side effects in certain people. Common side effects from metoclopramide use include restlessness, drowsiness, fatigue and lassitude. Metoclopramide can also interact with a variety of medications and caution is necessary when taken with other medications. People with a hypersensitivity or history of allergy to metoclopramide or similar medications or with pheochromocytoma should not use the medication. Metoclopramide use can cause tardive dyskinesia, a sometimes irreversible movement disorder. Metoclopramide and alcohol should not be used at the same time and metoclopramide should generally not be used in children. Any concerns or questions about metoclopramide's side effects should be discussed with one's medical provider and pharmacist before use.
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Last updated May 22, 2020. Given the evolving nature of medicine and science, this information might not be accurate and should not be construed as medical advice or diagnosis / treatment recommendations. Please consult a licensed medical provider if you have additional questions.