The Nature of the Drug: Reglan (metoclopramide) is prescribed to treat acid reflux, migraines, and heartburn, as well as nausea and vomiting from pregnancy and chemotherapy. It has also been prescribed for gastroporesis, a condition that causes food to move slowly through the digestive tract. Reglan works by increasing muscle movements in the upper digestive tract. Marketed by A.H. Robins which was later named Wyeth which is now a division of Pfizer, the drug was introduced in 1980 as a treatment for various gastrointestinal disorders. It is intended for short-term use.

The Hazards of Reglan: Reglan has been linked to the nervous-system disorder tardive dyskinesia, in which the face and body move involuntarily. “Tardive” means “delayed” and “dyskinesia” means “abnormal movement,” and the condition is usually known as a serious side effect of neuroleptic drugs that treat mental disorders like schizophrenia. Reglan, though a much different drug, carries the same risk.

A tardive-dyskinesia patient usually experiences facial symptoms like uncontrolled grimaces or involuntary eye movements. Arms, legs, hips, and torso may also twitch or move uncontrollably. Severe cases of the condition can be debilitating, but even mild ones are embarrassing and reduce quality-of-life. There is no known cure for tardive-dyskinesia, so sufferers must adapt.
Reglan can also produce milder side effects, including dizziness, decreased energy, diarrhea, nausea, headaches, and vomiting. But it is tardive dyskinesia that has been the basis for many lawsuits against Pfizer.

To Obtain Legal Relief: If you were prescribed Reglan for a digestive problem and developed tardive dyskinesia, you may have valuable legal rights. Attorney Stephen A. Katz is available at (800) 251-3529 for a free consultation, or for legal representation.