Wednesday, January 9, 2013

What is Metoclopramide - Side Effects

Before I start to write about what is Metoclopramide, what are its side effects, and other important information about this medicine, I would like to write a short intro of this post. Please read it!

Metoclopramide Stomach Flu
Always Consult Your Doctor before using Metoclopramide
Stomach flu treatment with medications is not possible, however, there are some medications that can help with reducing the symptoms and by that help with your condition. Metoclopramide is one of those medications. In previous post you could read about Compazine, that's another one.

All medications are meant to help people with various illnesses, but all of them have their right dosage and frequency in taking, as well as side effects. All of them MUST BE prescribed by your doctor, or otherwise, if you use it on your own hand, if you are recommended by friend or in pharmacy, you are taking a huge risk to permanently damage your health! No medicine is a toy, and non of them should be taken without professional medical advice of your health care provider, which in addition should follow your medical condition during the usage of any medication!

Part of the information, that I am writing in this post, is taken from another authority sites, which are considered to be good source for all information about this topic. All information taken form those sites are quoted, just like in my previous post.

I have my personal opinion on treating every illness, which is not connected to usage of medication, but I must write about it, since people are using those medicines without to much knowledge about them. So these posts are more likely to be taken as warnings, and should not be taken as advises at all ! ! !

So, What is Metoclopramide and How to Use it?

If you experience stomach flu symptoms, it doesn't necessarily mean that you have stomach flu! These would, further on, means that stomach flu symptoms such are nausea, vomiting, headache could happen to each of us because of many other causes, and not only stomach flu causes. However, Metoclopramide is considered to be very good in dealing with some of those symptoms!
Nausea and vomiting as a result of the use of anti-cancer drugs, post-surgery and the result of other medical illnesses will be reduced by increasing the contractions of the upper portion of the digestive tract. It improves gastric emptying time which helps reduce the incidence of heartburn, nausea and vomiting.
Metoclopramide also helps patients with diabetic gastroparesis in diabetic patients since it increases gastric emptying. There are more uses of metoclopramide and your doctor will advise you the ideal dosage and frequency of this medication after careful assessment of your symptoms.
Your doctor is the only authoritative person who can prescribe you Metoclopramide. Before taking it, you must have a good consultation with him/her about:

  • medications you already use, especially if you are suffering from some chronic disease,
  • all possible health disorders you might have,
  • ingredients you are allergic to,
  • do you use any supplements, vitamins and natural treatments,
  • if you are pregnant or planning to become pregnant
  • if you are breastfeeding or planning to breastfeed

Take metoclopramide 30 minutes before meals and before going to bed at night. This helps reduce the heartburn that is common after a heavy meal.
If you missed a dose, take it as soon as you remember. Never double your dose. Space the remaining dose evenly. Remember to take your medications on time so you will be able to benefit from the therapeutic action of metoclopramide.
If you are using ODT or metoclopramide orally disintegrating tablet, remove the medication from the casing just before taking them. Place the tablet on your tongue and never swallow it, allow it to melt completely. You don’t need to follow up with water just allow the ODT to melt on its own.
If you are taking oral syrup form, use a measuring cup to take precise doses of the medication; never use a spoon or a tablespoon.
Do not overdose; high doses of metoclopramide will cause uncontrollable muscle movements of the face, eyes, lips and extremities. Never stop abruptly, allow your doctor to schedule a weaning dose for you to prevent serious side effects.
Avoid drinking alcohol when taking metoclopramide. This medication will cause dizziness and sleepiness so do not operate machinery or drive.
If you are prescribed the Metoclopramide you must storage it properly. The storage of Metoclopramide depends on the type you are using, syrup and tablets should be stored on a place with temperature between 15 and 30 degrees C. If you are using injectable Metoclopramide store it at the regular room temperature! Do not remove medication from original package, nor throw away literature, you must have it case you experience side effects! Also, do not throw away your prescription, since you need it for your prescribed dose. Do not use Metoclopramide in higher doses than it is recommended for you, since this way you can experience side effects, over dosage or damage your health permanently; also, do not use this medication for a longer than 3 months!

READ CAREFULLY! Metoclopramide Side Effects

..and think twice before you use it!

For me the most important information in this post would be the Metoclopramide side effects, which should aware you and maybe discourage you from usage of this medicine! It is maybe good to treat vomiting and nausea, but its side effects can have biggest impact on your long term health!

Like almost every other medicine, Metoclopramide too has side effects! Metoclopramide side effects are more likely to happen to people with diabetes, older people and in women, but it may happen to everyone using it. Read this carefully, and even search for more information on Metoclopramide side effects!

  • Stiffening of the muscles of the face causing a mask-like appearance.
  • Anxiety, hallucinations, inability to sit or stay still and restlessness.
  • Inability to control balance while walking, tremors and seizures.
  • Worsening of diarrhea - this medicine may help with some stomach flu symptoms, but possibly increase some other gastrointestinal disorders!
  • In women, flow of menses and changes in menstrual pattern, swelling of the breasts and breast tenderness.
  • Headache and sleeping disorders!
  • Dizziness and tiredness, together with drowsiness ans restlessness.

Some of Metoclopramide side effects are severe and you must contact your doctor right away to prevent worsening of your health condition! You must take care about every possible changes you might experience during usage of Metoclopramide and if you become concerned about any of those changes, immediately visit your health care provider! Read more about Metoclopramide side effects here and do not hesitate to ask your doctor any question might have on your mind, it is your health question and you must take good care of it!

Saturday, January 5, 2013

Combat the Stomach Flu Symptoms with Prochlorperazine

In our previous posts we were talking about symptoms of stomach flu and how to treat is with natural herbs. You could find what to eat during the illness and what you should avoid to eat!

Prochlorperazine Stomach Flu
Always Consult Your Doctor before using Prochlorperazine
While there is no vaccine that can prevent the stomach flu, nor there is medicine which can cure you from stomach virus, there are some medicines which can help with reducing the symptoms of stomach flu.

Like every other medicines, these medicines should be prescribed by your doctor, and not some random page on google which talks about treatment of stomach flu with medications. I am personally, trying to avoid usage of any kind of drugs for each illness, and always give the first shoot to natural or home remedies. However, sometimes, it is almost impossible to treat illness without medicines.

So for all those who suffer from stomach flu symptoms and hardly stand them, there are some medications which can help with reducing and lowering the symptoms occurrence. These medicines are: Prochlorperazine, Metoclopramide and Loperamide. I am hardly write these lines, since I don't usually like to talk about drugs, but this information may be helpful and this is the reason I am writing it. However this post is not meant to be used as prescription for Prochlorperazine, it is written only in informative purpose, to inform you on what is Prochlorperazine, how to use it, and what are its side effects! Inform yourself about this medicine even if it is prescribed to you by your doctor, because you might experience Prochlorperazine side effects.

Combat the Stomach Flu Symptoms with Prochlorperazine

Main purpose of Prochlorperazine is to combat with severe and frequent vomiting and nausea! 
Oral prochlorperazine is a medication that is used for treatment of severe nausea and vomiting as a result of various medical conditions and during the treatment of anti-cancer drugs, medication for migraine and post-operative conditions. Prochlorperazine works by directly affecting the area of the brain that is responsible for keeping the balance of natural chemicals or neurotransmitters resulting to a decreased urge to vomit. Prochlorperazine may also be used to treat several disorders of the neurologic system like schizophrenia and may also be effective in the treatment of chronic stress and anxiety.
Prochlorperazine is a generic name and one of the brand names of prochlorperazine is Compazine. Compazine is available in oral, intravenous form, intramuscular and rectal (suppository) form.
Treatment of stomach flu symptoms with Prochlorperazine is only feasible under the constant surveillance of your doctor who prescribed this kind of treatment; you should constantly inform your doctor about your condition! It is very important to keep in touch with your doctor and inform him / her if you notice any Prochlorperazine side effects, allergic reaction or even if your symptoms get worst!

Before Taking Prochlorperazine!

You need to have a thorough discussion with your doctor about what you are allergic to, to determine whether these compounds have in Prochlorperazine; do you use any other medication for other chronic illnesses; do you use any supplements, vitamins and natural treatments which can be bad in combination with Prochlorperazine or affect its effects. If you are breast-feeding or pregnant you should not use this medicine!

How to Use Prochlorperazine?

Your doctor should give you some inputs on how to use this medicine, listen very carefully and even note if you can't remember everything he say! Take notice and stick to them!
Take the pills with or without food. There are no special diets while you are taking the medication.
Take your medication on time. If you missed a dose, take the dose as soon as you remember. Never double your dose to make up for the missed one. If it is near the time for your next dose, skip the missed one and maintain your schedule. Remember to avoid missing your dose since you will reduce the effect.
Avoid drinking alcoholic beverages; prochlorperazine will make you dizzy and taking alcohol will only make your dizziness and the feeling of light-headedness worse.
Avoid direct sun exposure; wear sunscreen with the highest SPF level and use long-sleeved shirts and hats to protect yourself.
Avoid dehydration by taking more fluids that usual. Limit strenuous activity and always have someone with you to help you when you feel dizzy.
Stopping the medication abruptly can cause nausea, vomiting, dizziness and jittery feeling. Your doctor will advise you how to wean yourself from Compazine to reduce these unusual side effects.

If you are prescribed the Prochlorperazine you must storage it properly. The proper way is to place it in an room with temperature between 59 to 86 F degrees. Do not leave it in room or place where is high moisture, and do not expose it to the sunlight or leave it on a place where sunlight can reach! 

Prochlorperazine Side Effects!

For me the most important information in this post would be the Prochlorperazine side effects, which should aware you and maybe discourage you from usage of this medicine! It is maybe good to treat vomiting and nausea, but its side effects can have biggest impact on your long term health! 

On a long term, in men it can cause decreased libido and importance, in women breast swelling and weight gain. All together it can cause sleeping problems, headache, blurred vision, dizziness, confusion, anxiety! In some cases an urge medical intervention is required!

Also you must take care not to take more of this medicine than it is prescribed by doctor, if you take more than it is prescribed to you, immediate contact your local poison control center or your health care provider!

Talk to your doctor and keep him informed on your condition. Be aware of Prochlorperazine Side Effects, watch how your body react on it! Never use this medicine without your doctors prescription!!!

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Stomach Flu - New Year's Eve at Home

Happy New Year!

I wish you all the best, I wish you all the best, most of all I wish you a good health.

Stomach Flu - New Year's Eve at Home
The New Year's Eve is behind us, more or less we all were party, and I hope you had a great time with your friends. I was on salsa party, and it was great. But this is not a topic of my blog, and I don't want to go of topic.

I know there were a lot of people with stomach flu, who spent their Eve in a toilet, experiencing symptoms, I hope you'll get better soon.

Also I know there were a lot of people who were experiencing mild stomach flu symptoms, or not fully healed, who went party.

This is the reason of writing this post. This people probably were on a significant percent of parties all around the globe. If you came back from party with symptoms, it doesn't have to mean that you took to much buzz, it can be because of someone spread a virus on you. If so, you have entered in 2013th with great job.

Since kissing is just a regular thing in the New Year's Eve, you may get it that way, or maybe you could get it from food, or buzz itself. However, this is not the moment to speak about how you got it, I should write a post about this on 31. December, and not today. But for all those who entered in a new year with stomach flu, here is an recommendation on how to deal with it.

Things you should avoid while you experience symptoms are:

  • Alcohol
  • Aspirin
  • Caffeine
  • Citrus products
  • Dairy products
  • Ibuprofen
  • Fatty, greasy and/or fried foods
  • Raw fruits and vegetables

Here is a recommendation based on clear liquid diet:

  • Apple or cranberry juice
  • Clear bouillon
  • Decaf tea
  • Fruit ice
  • Fruit punch
  • Gatorade
  • Ginger
  • Jello
  • Popsicles
  • Salt

The following is the full liquid diet:

  • Bland soups
  • Broth
  • Cocoa
  • Cinnamon
  • Cream of wheat or rice cereals
  • Farina
  • Honey
  • Nutmeg
  • Sherbets
  • Strained fruit nectar
  • Vanilla or other extracts
  • Vegetable juices

Try to stick to this recommendation and you should get better very soon.
Also you can read my previous articles "Stomach Flu - What to Eat!?" and "Stomach Flu - Treatment With Ginger" where you can find more valuable information regarding the nutrition during this illness.