Metozolv ODT is used to treat different conditions such as slow gastric emptying in people with diabetes (also called diabetic gastroparesis), heartburn caused by gastroesophageal reflux disease and nausea, vomiting, heartburn, loss of appetite, and a feeling of fullness after meals.
It works by increasing muscle contraction of the upper digestive tract which increases the rate of stomach emptying into the intestine.
It is available in syrup, tablet, disintegrating tablet and solution form, only with your doctor’s prescription.
2 What to Know Before Using
Before using Metozolv ODT, you must know all about the risks and complications associated with it.
Inform your doctor if you are allergic to any food, preservatives, dyes, or had an allergic reaction when you used this drug before.
There are no adequate studies were done which proves Metoclopramide harmful effects in children, However, safety and efficacy have not been established.
This medicine does not cause any different side effects or problem than it does in younger adults. However, it should be used with caution in a patient who has kidney or liver diseases or tardive dyskinesia.
It is a category B drug. It is safe in pregnancy.
Metoclopramide can pass into breast milk and can harm your baby. Do not breast-feed while using it. If you are using it while nursing, discuss the potential risks with your doctor.
Metoclopramide may interact with other drugs. Your doctor should be informed of any other medicines which you are taking. He/she may want to change the dosage or drug. Some of them are listed below:
Proper usage of Metozolv ODT requires strict adherence to your doctor’s orders. Read the medication guide carefully. Ask your pharmacist if you have any queries.
Take it by mouth on an empty stomach at bedtime. Do not repeat the dose if you take it with food.
Do not take more than recommended dose or do not take it more often.
If you are using a disintegrated form of a tablet, make sure that your hands are dry. With dry hands peel open the blister to remove the tablet. Put the tablet on your tongue. The tablet will dissolve itself on your tongue. There is no need to drink water to swallow the dissolved tablet.
It is different for different patients. Dosage mentioned below is an average dose. You must follow your doctor’s command.
Adults and teenagers: 10 milligrams (mg) 30 minutes before symptoms are likely to begin or before each meal and at bedtime.
Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD):
Adults and teenagers: 10 to 15 milligrams (mg) 30 minutes before symptoms are likely to begin or before each meal and at bedtime.
If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you remember it. If it almost a time for your next dose skips the missed dose and continue your daily schedule. Do not double the dose.
Store it at room temperature. Keep it away from children.
4 Precautions to Take
Before using Metozolv ODT, there are some precautions you must take. Your doctor should check your daily progress at regular visits.
Metoclopramide may cause drowsiness, dizziness, blurred vision, or light-headedness. These effects may be worse if you take it with alcohol or certain medicines. Use Metoclopramide with caution. Do not drive or perform other possibly unsafe tasks until you know how you react to it.
Avoid drinking alcohol or taking other medications that are CNS depressants (sedatives, tranquilizers, barbiturates, antihistamines, muscle relaxants or anesthetics) while taking Metoclopramide. It will add to the effects of alcohol and other depressants.
A condition called tardive dyskinesia may develop with the use of Metoclopramide. It is an involuntary and uncontrollable movement.
Inform your doctor if you notice following symptoms such as:
Involuntary movements of the tongue, face, mouth, or jaw (protrusion of tongue, puffing of cheeks, puckering of mouth, chewing movements),
sometimes accompanied by involuntary movements of the arms and legs.
The risk is higher if you take this medicine for more than 12 weeks.
It is also known to cause the neuroleptic malignant syndrome. It symptoms are:
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