Reglan Tardive Dyskinesia Side Effects Added to Black Box Warning
The gastrointestinal drug Reglan, and other drugs containing metoclopramide, will carry a new “black box” warning about the risk of tardive dyskinesia, a neurological syndrome which causes involuntary movements of the lower face and body extremities. The lawyers at Saiontz & Kirk, P.A. are reviewing potential Reglan tardive dyskinesia lawsuits for individuals who have developed this condition after long term use of the drug, or use at high doses.
>>FDA LINK: Reglan Side Effects Warning
Tardive Dyskinesia has been shown to be caused by a number of different medications. Although information has been on the label about the risk of developing the syndrome with chronic, long-term use of metoclopramide drugs like Reglan, the FDA is requiring that the drug makers move the information to a more prominent location on the label, contained in a black box to draw attention.
Reglan side effects can cause involuntary and repetitive movements of the body, particularly the lower face and mouth, even after the drug is no longer taken. The development of tardive dyskinesia is directly related to the length of time the drug is taken and the number of doses, with the elderly, especially older women, facing the greatest risk.
Symptoms of Tardive Dyskinesia from Reglan could include:
- Lip Smacking
- Repetitive Chewing
- Pursing and Puckering of the Lips
- Tongue Protrusion
- Rapid Eye Movements and Blinking
- Impaired Finger Movements
The failure of the drug makers to provide prominent warnings about this potential side effect of Reglan are important, as early detection and diagnosis can increase the chances of reversing the condition. However, in many cases the problems are permanent.
It is not recommended that Reglan be taken for more than three months, yet an FDA analysis of data from studies indicated that 20% of individuals treated with metoclopramide took it for longer than 90 days. The majority of Reglan tardive dyskinesia cases involve those who have used it for more than three months.
REGLAN TARDIVE DYSKINESIA LAWSUITS
The Reglan lawyers at Saiontz & Kirk, P.A. are reviewing potential tardive dyskinesia lawsuits for individuals who have been diagnosed with this condition after taking Reglan for treatment of gastrointestinal disorders. Potential cases are being reviewed and evaluated throughout the United States and there are no fees or expenses unless a recovery is obtained.
If you, a friend or family member have suffered from problems with Reglan, request a free consultation and claim evaluation.