The uses of Reglan include: Metoclopramide is used to relieve nausea and vomiting; heartburn, stomach pain, and bloating; and a persistent feeling of fullness after meals.
Metoclopramide is an antisickness medicine, though it also has other uses due to its action on the gut.
Metoclopramide can also be used to restore normal muscle tone and function to the gut following surgery and in various digestive disorders. This helps relieve symptoms such as indigestion, pain, bile regurgitation, flatulence, acid reflux and heartburn.
In adults over 20 years of age metoclopramide is used for the following conditions:
nausea and vomiting due to digestive disorders, anti-cancer chemotherapy, heart failure, deep X-ray or cobalt therapy and following general anaesthetics
relief of digestive symptoms such as indigestion, heartburn, flatulence, sickness, bile regurgitation and stomach pain due to conditions such as peptic ulcer, hiatus hernia, gallstones, reflux oesophagitis, or inflammation of the stomach or small intestine (gastritis or duodenitis)
relieving nausea and vomiting, and assisting the absorption of painkillers in migraine
to assist hospital investigative procedures on the gut (eg barium meal, duodenal intubation)
to help restore normal stomach emptying after surgery.
Use in patients under 20 years of age is restricted to the following conditions:
severe persistent vomiting where the cause is known
vomiting due to chemotherapy or radiotherapy
as an aid to hospital investigative procedures on the gut (gastro-intestinal intubation)
as part of a pre-med before an operation to prevent nausea and vomiting.