I was recently diagnosed with gastroparesis and the Dr has prescribed reglan. I haven't started taking it yet due to reading about the side effects of it. The one that most concerns me is tardive dyskinesia. How common is it for people to get that while taking this med? I wouldn't be so hesitant on taking this if I knew that side effect wasn't permanent. I'm also wondering if there's any herbal medicine or any other alternatives that won't give you such a serious side effect? I'm seeing my doctor in a couple days, as of right now I'm just really curious about this drug! Any personal experience or advice is appreciated :)
How common is it to get tardive dyskinesia from taking reglan? Are there any alternatives to take?
Question posted by jenna808 on 21 Dec 2013
Last updated on 20 April 2018 by Tin Lizzie 73
I took it for Gastroparesis also. While on it, I felt drugged and severely drowsy, but could not sleep. It's like it counter-acted itself. Two weeks after getting off, I started having diaphragm spasms that got worse, and eventually these shock-life jerks of my entire body everytime I drifted off to sleep. My neurologist diagnosed me with Myoclonic movement disorder from the Reglan. I have been on seizure medications to keep it under control for the last 9 years. Reglan was the last resort since I couldn't get food in my body, so it's not like I had other options. Best of luck to all of you who take it, or those who live with neurological damage like me.
Jenna, I and my daughter have taken reglan and not had any TD issues. Any drug that affects the dopamine level is subject to have an effect on TD. Yes there are herbal answers but don't know how well they work. One I would try is an over the counter pill that has peppermint oil as a base. Peppermint is a natural digestive aid.
I only took it once... and that was it for me. It messed me up. Can't stop moving and arching my back. Almost like a person with Parkinson's . Ativan is what they are giving me to counteract the movements. I've had a stroke and now two mini strokes. Went to the ER with horrible migraine and they gave me this. Bad stuff
It works but only take it for a month. Each bottle is supposed to have a black warning on it. I took it for 10 years and ended up with tardive dyskenesia which is driving me insane. Tremors at night, hate going to sleep.
I take a magnesium tablet which stops the cramps from uncontrolled stretching and slightly relieves the symptoms.
My advice don't touch reglan
My Dr took me off reglan due to the possible side effects and started me on domperidone. I have to get it thru Canada because it is not sold in the U.S. and it is a bit of a pain to get but worth it. It has helped me greatly with my severe gastroparesis. I've been taking domperidone for almost 3yrs now and am very happy. You might want to talk to your Dr about it.
I've seen many people on it and only one or two that got td if you start with symptoms of td you need to stop the med. There isn't another med like it so you're kind of stuck. I would take it but make myself aware of the signs of early td
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