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In February 2009, the Food and Drug Adminstration (FDA) issued a Black Box warning, the agency's strongest possible warning, for Reglan. This warning was intended to inform doctors and patients that long term use of Reglan results in an increased risk of developing a disorder called Tardive Dyskinesia.

Reglan is commonly prescribed to alleviate gastrointestinal conditions including heartburn, acid reflux, and diabetic gastroparesis, a condition occurring when the stomach takes a long time emptying its contents into the intestine. Reglan is considered a metoclopramide drug, and it works by increasing muscle contractions in the upper portion of your digestive tract in order to empty your stomach contents into the intestine more quickly.
Most of the side effects associated with Reglan are fairly mild, such as:

  • Drowsiness
  • Nausea
  • Diarrhea

However, there have been several serious side effects linked to the drug as well. There have been reports of patients developing a condition called Neuroleptic Malignant Syndrome, a potentially fatal condition marked by the following symptoms:

  • Fever
  • Muscle rigidity
  • Delirium
  • Kidney damage
  • Unstable blood pressure
  • Coma

Yet the most alarming side effect associated with Reglan use is the development of a disorder called Tardive Dyskinesia.

Tardive Dyskinesia
Tardive Dyskinesia is a neurological condition resulting in repetitive, involuntary muscle movements. Patients suffering from Tardive Dyskinesia exhibit the following symptoms:

  • Involuntary, rapid movement in the arms and legs
  • Grimacing
  • Rapid eye blinking
  • Tongue protrusion
  • Lip smacking

These symptoms continue even after patients stop using Reglan, and at the moment, there is no known treatment for the disorder. The risk of developing Tardive Dyskinesia is greatest among patients using Reglan for a long period of time. If you start exhibiting any of the symptoms of Tardive Dyskinesia, it is important to consult your physician at once to see about discontinuing the use of Reglan.

Experienced Reglan Lawyers
The lawyers at Jacoby & Meyers are currently accepting defective drug cases for Reglan users who have developed Tardive Dyskinesia. We have the resources needed to battle pharmaceutical companies and their high powered lawyers. Our legal team has the skills and experience to help you receive the compensation you deserve.
If you have a Reglan claim, please contact our defective drug lawyers today to schedule your initial consultation. Jacoby & Meyers serves clients nationwide.