People’s Pharmacy warns of the Dangers of Reglan

Big banner headline in my local newspaper on Tuesday morning, page 5E:
“Long-term side-effects warning on metoclopramide”, it exclaimed in no uncertain terms.

It was the King Features Syndicate Column People’s Pharmacy, written by Joe and Teresa Graedon, devoted to the subject of alternative health care. A woman had written a letter in order to warn readers about the dangers of Reglan. She begins:

“A dear friend was put on Reglan for acid stomach and left on the drug for nine years. The therapy is only supposed to last a few weeks. She now has tardive dyskinesia. Her tongue is enlarged, and she can no longer speak properly. The side effects did not go away when the drug was stopped. Is there anything that can help her? Please warn your readers about Reglan.”

My first thought was, she needs to find herself a good lawyer.

Here is the People’s Pharmacy reply to the letter:

“Answer: Reglan (metoclopramide) was first approved for use in the U.S. in 1980. It is prescribed for digestive-tract problems such as reflux, delayed stomach emptying, and nausea. Although doctors were warned early on that this drug could cause a neurological disorder, it took the Food and Drug Administration almost 40 years to issue a black-box warning about this complication.

On Feb. 26, 2009, the agency cautioned about metoclopramide: “Tardive dyskinesia is characterized by involuntary, repetitive movements of the extremities, or lip smacking, grimacing, tongue protrusion, rapid eye movements or blinking, puckering and pursing of the lips, or impaired movement of the fingers. These symptoms are rarely reversible and there is no known treatment. However, in some patients, symptoms may lessen or resolve after metoclopramide treatment has stopped.”

That friend needs to know about her legal options; if I had been there I would have cleared my throat and said, well, there is Mulligan Law…

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 link of Reglan® to Tardive Dyskinesia. If you or a loved one has been seriously injured or even died after taking Reglan ®, it is important that you consult with a legal professional immediately. The Mulligan Law Firm has experienced lawyers standing by to help you.

We take all cases on a contingency-fee basis, which means you do not pay for our services unless you receive an award or compensation. Do not delay, as your rights and compensation may be lost forever if you wait.

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