The Side Effects of Reglan
July 15, 2011
1) Uncontrollable, abnormal muscle movements known as tardive dyskinesia, which mostly affects facial muscles.
2) Uncontrolled spasms of your face and neck muscles, or muscles of your body, arms, and legs (dystonia). “These muscle spasms can cause abnormal movements and body positions,” says the FDA. “These spasms usually start within the first 2 days of treatment. These spasms happen more often in children and adults under age 30.”
3) Depression, suicidal thoughts or suicide. Some people who take Reglan experience extreme depression, even thoughts about ending their own lives. Some have committed suicide.
4) Neuroleptic Malignant Syndrome (NMS). “NMS is a very rare but very serious condition that can happen with Reglan,” says the FDA. “NMS can cause death and must be treated in a hospital.” Among other NMS symptoms, high fever, stiff muscles, problems thinking, very fast or uneven heartbeat, and increased sweating are common.
5) Parkinsonism. Symptoms include slight shaking, body stiffness, trouble moving or keeping your balance. Reglan may also make Parkinson’s Disease worse if you already have it.
Do you think Reglan should remain on the market with all these potential side effects? Would you feel safe taking it?
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