Metoclopramide and Alcohol
Metoclopramide is the generic name for this drug which is sold under the brand names Metozolv ODT and Reglan and serves to increase muscle contractions in the upper digestive tract which speeds up the rate at which the stomach empties into the intestines.
It is used to treat heartburn caused by gastroesophageal reflux in people who have tried other drugs without effect. It is also used to treat slow gastric emptying in diabetics which will cause nausea, vomiting, heartburn, loss of appetite and a full feeling after meals.
It is suggested that you do not drink alcohol while using Metoclopramide, as the side effects will be greatly enhanced, not even moderate drinking.
At this time the medical community defines moderate consumption of alcohol as no more than two drinks per day and no more than 14 drinks per week. Anything more than that is considered an unhealthy dependency on alcohol that may have adverse social, family and health consequences.
If a person drinks only once or twice a week but drinks on the same days each week and more than two drinks this is considered as an alcohol dependency.
If a person binge drinks at any time during the week this is also considered as alcoholism.
Some consider alcoholism as a disease while others consider it an addiction which is the result of personal choice and character fault. This school of thought blames the alcoholism on life style choices.
Personally I consider alcoholism a genetic tendency as I have seen families of alcoholics even when they live far apart. These unfortunate people are probably dependent on alcohol from the first drink.
When alcohol interacts with prescription or over the counter drugs it usually results in negative health effects most especially liver damage as the main organ affected.
Do not use this drug if allergic to it, have bleeding or blockage in your stomach or intestines, a perforation in your stomach or intestines, epilepsy, seizures or an adrenal gland tumour.
Before using this drug advise your physician if you are allergic to this or any other drug or substance, are pregnant, plan to be so, are breastfeeding, have kidney disease, liver disease, congestive heart failure, high blood pressure, Parkinson’s disease, diabetes or a history of depression.
Less serious side effects are being restless, drowsy, tired, dizzy, headache, insomnia, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, swelling and tenderness of the breast, menstrual changes, changes in urination.If these occur call your physician for advice.
Serious side effects are severe allergic reactions such as hives, difficult breathing, swelling of face, lips, tongue or throat, tremors, restless muscle movements in the eyes, tongue, jaw, neck, arms, legs, rigid appearance, rigid muscles, high fever, sweating, confusion, fast uneven heartbeats, tremors, faint, depressed mood, suicidal thoughts, hallucinations, anxiety, agitation, feeling jittery, restless, swelling, fluid retention, jaundice or seizures.If these occur get emergency medical help.
This site serves as an information source only and does not dispense medical advice or any other kind of advice. If you are seeking medical advice you are advised to consult your own physician.
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