The Mulligan Law Firm is Investigating Injury Claims: The Acid Reflux Drug Reglan Has Been Linked to Tardive Dyskinesia

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In February 2009, the FDA notified healthcare professionals that the manufacturers of metoclopramide drugs, including Reglan®, must add a boxed warning about the risk of long-term or high-dose use: "Chronic use of metoclopramide has been linked to tardive dyskinesia, which may include involuntary and repetitive movements of the body, even after the drugs are no longer taken. These symptoms are rarely reversible and there is no known treatment." The Mulligan Law Firm is currently investigating injury claims involving the possible role of Reglan in tardive dyskinesia.

Reglan (Metoclopramide) is a prescription drug used for the treatment of acid reflux, intended for short-term use. Reglan is also sometimes prescribed for patients with diabetic gastroparesis, a disorder where the stomach takes too long to empty its contents, causing intense heartburn, nausea and vomiting. The drug increases the muscle contractions in the patient's upper digestive tract, which increases the speed at which the stomach contents empty into the intestines.

Metoclopramide is also marketed under the names Octamide, Maxolon, Degan, Maxeran, Primperan, and Pylomid.

Most Reglan side-effects are relatively mild, such as drowsiness, nausea, and diarrhea. However, very severe responses to the drug, even death, have been reported. Neuroleptic Malignant Syndrome is one of the more severe observed side-effects; a potentially life-threatening condition, Neuroleptic Malignant Syndrome can cause delirium, fever, muscle-rigidity, kidney damage, unstable blood-pressure, and coma.

Tardive dyskinesia is another neurological condition that has been linked to Reglan patients. The chief symptoms of tardive dyskinesia are repetitive, involuntary movements.

The term tardive dyskinesia has been in use since 1964. The effect of the drugs that cause the condition can be tardive, meaning that the involuntary movements sometimes appear even after the drugs are discontinued. Symptoms of tardive dyskinesia may include:

  • Involuntary, rapid movement in the arms and legs
  • Involuntary grimacing
  • Rapid eye blinking
  • Tongue protrusion
  • Convulsive seizures

Even if you have not been officially diagnosed with tardive dyskinesia, if you are experiencing any of these symptoms, we would like to talk with you. These symptoms should be discussed with your physician. Never stop taking any prescription medication without first speaking with your physician.

About The Mulligan Law Firm

The Mulligan Law Firm is a national law firm located in Dallas, Texas, providing information and resources for injured individuals and their families in all 50 states. The firm has successfully resolved over $600,000,000 in claims for its clients since 1995.

The Mulligan Law Firm is currently investigating injury claims involving the possible role of Reglan in tardive dyskinesia. Someone who has developed symptoms of tardive dyskinesia after taking Reglan should consult with an attorney immediately - contact Eric Gruenwald, Lawyer/Attorney, at (866) 529-0001, Ext. 245. The Mulligan Law Firm has experienced lawyers ready to help.

All cases are taken on a contingency-fee basis, which means the prospective client does not pay for our services unless an award or compensation is received.

For more information on The Mulligan Law Firm, see http://www.mulliganlaw.com/

For more information on the side-effects of Reglan, see http://www.mulliganlaw.com/drug-injuries/drug-injury-help/texas-california-florida-lawyers-evaluating-nationwide-reglanr-side-effects-tardive-dyskinesia-lawsuit-claim-injury-attorneys.html

Reglan informational blog entries: http://www.mulliganlaw.com/blog/

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