Sorry to hear your dog reaped the ill effects of that AWFUL Reglan. I was given it after my 2nd surgery, b/c I had such post-op nausea after my 1st. After only one dose (IV) within 15 minutes I could feel my mind starting to think the darkest, most hideously negative thoughts--despair, doom, almost psychotic images of awful things + I began moving my arms/legs in aimless fashion, clawing at the sheets & my gown... It took a few more doses for me to figure out what was causing all this (I could see the clock from my bed & noticed the "depression" abated after about
2 hrs) but then I'd throw up & they'd come in w/ another dose.....And it would start all over again, almost an instant feeling of terror and impending doom.....I was in such post-op pain & also on morphine, so it took all my mental effort to try to THINK and make some sense of it....after suffering all day (still dealing w/ the nausea) I refused the next dose. The nurse was adamant but I said NO!! "I'm going to mark this on your chart," she threatened. "Go ahead" I said, "This stuff is making me crazy! I want to jump out the window! I feel like killing myself!" Not good things to say anytime, but espcially to someone who is trying to help, but I just KNEW it was the Reglan. So she didn't give it to me and over the next 24 hrs the nausea reduced on its own.
After I got home, I looked up "metoclopromide" (Rgelan) and was absolutely shocked by its side effects in some people. It can cause long-term and/or permanent nervous sysytem damage (lip-licking movements, facial grimace-ing, random arm/leg movements) and when I saw my GP a few weeks later, she said "Man, that suff is wicked! They gave you THAT?! Haven't they heard of Zofran??"
So when I had my recent PLIF, I had them mark in RED on my chart & all my records "NO REGLAN--ZOFRAN ONLY!" They thought I was a bit looney, as I was so insistent, but man oh man! It was like instant pharmaceutical depression/paranoia! And yes, I can totally understand how some one would kill themself if taking this long-term.
Sorry for the long post, and sorry your puppy had to endure that, but glad she was eventually OK.
I know from a friend of mine who works in a local ER that they routinely give Reglan to people who come in w/ nausea....so now I have a note attached to my insurance card as well, just in case I'd need to go to the ER & wouldn't have my regular records or be "out" etc.
It may work wonders for some, indeed maybe most people, but for those of us w/ sensitivity or allergy to it, it is a pure nightmare. And you only need one dose to get those horrible efffects if you are sensitive to it.
Thank you for reading all this---and for your explanation as well.
Nov. 06-- Lammy @ L4, removal of spinal cystic tumor @ L4/5(benign)
Dec. 06--Re-operation for post-surgical spinal fluid leak. 2nd surgery complications includied sciatic nerve damage & radiculopathy in R leg/foot, increased instability (grade 1 spondy, 17%), epidural scar tissue binding nerve roots, damaged facet joints & DDD @ L4/5.
Jan. 08--PLIF fusion/discetomy surgery with pedicle screw instrumentation @ L4/L5, another lammy (@ L/5 this time) & bone marrow harvest from left iliac crest for packing bone around disc cages after discectomy @ L4/5. OW!!!