Anyone prescribed Reglan (Metolclopramide)

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Noelle3
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   Posted 9/12/2013 10:32 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi, I couldn't find a place on the forum for newcomers to introduce themselves, so I'll just jump right in here if that's ok.

I am 61 years old and have osteoporosis. I was put on a weekly medication called Actonel (a bisphosphonate). I took my first tablet on the 8th May and since taking it I have had nothing but problems with my stomach. Burning, burping, pain in neck, sore throat etc.

I have been really careful about sticking to a bland diet. I was prescribed PPIs, took three types and each helped for about a week or two and then all my symptoms came back.

I eventually had an endoscopy in early August which showed 'mild gastritis and a small hiatus hernia (1cm). The duodenal cap and second part were normal'

I had a review at the hospital gastro clinic last week where PPIs were discontinued due to being ineffective and also risk of fractures. I am to start on Ranitidine 300mg twice a day and also Reglan (Metoclopramide) for one month. The registrar told me about the possible neurological side effects and said that he only wanted me on it for a month because these were more "common" in people past middle age.

I can't take Ranitidine because it worsens my eczema which drives me crazy! It also makes me feel really confused and depressed.

I really don't understand why I was prescribed Reglan, when it has not been established that I have a motility problem. Isn't there a test for this? I mean why take a chance with a medication that can cause irreversible side effects when a test could first confirm or eliminate that I have this issue?

I will be having a 24hr. PH test when there is an available slot, probably not for a couple of months!

I would be really grateful for any feedback on this.

StephanieJean
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   Posted 9/12/2013 12:23 PM (GMT -6)   
I had a gastric emptying study done, because my Gastro thought I had Gastroparesis.
All I had to do was eat some eggs and toast with a tracer and then they took pictures of my stomach over 4 hours to see if I did have a motility problem. It was painless and help me to avoid taking the Reglan even though they were convinced that was the problem. You can ask for that test, although lengthy, the eggs were yummy and the biggest pain was spending half the day with radiology sitting in the lobby.

Noelle3
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   Posted 9/13/2013 6:38 AM (GMT -6)   
Thank you for that information StephanieJean, I appreciate it. I have been researching more and this is a steep learning curve!
I have an appointment with my GP in about a week's time and will ask her if it is possible to get this test. She will possibly have to refer me back to the hospital and it will all take months!

I spoke to a pharmacist yesterday and asked why it's prescribed before the test for a possible motility problem is carried out as it seemed a bit cart before horse to me. She said that it is easier and cheaper for the health service to prescribe the drug than offer a hospital test which costs more. I really don't want to take that kind of chance, so I'll try and push for the test. After all if it's all going to end in surgery, they need a complete picture.

Thanks again :)

StephanieJean
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   Posted 9/13/2013 7:35 AM (GMT -6)   
My pleasure.
I see where they are coming from, but with a medication that has such bad and serious side effects, this is one where I would refuse it unless absolutely necessary.
Best of luck to you!
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