When you are prescribed a medicine, you take it expecting to see your symptoms improve. For those that take Reglan – the more common name for a prescription drug known as metoclopramide – it is to increase one’s stomach muscle contractions as well as small intestine contractions. This process is meant to help with food passing through your body. If you have suffered diabetic gastroparesis or gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), you were likely prescribed with Reglan in order to combat the symptoms of those two diseases.
Unfortunately, even though the FDA has approved the injectable, oral tablet version of Reglan, it has been known to cause life changing injuries to patients. If you or a loved one has experienced injuries from taking Reglan, it may be time to contact a pharmaceutical attorney with a keen focus on Reglan related cases.
It has been discovered that Reglan causes a side effect called Tardive Dyskinesia, a neurological disorder. The symptoms of tardive dyskinesia are:
- Lip smacking, puckering and pursing
- Involuntary movement of one’s extremities
- Blinking or rapid eye movements
- Restless leg syndrome
- An impaired moving of the fingers
- Tongue protrusion
- Foot tapping
In many cases, tardive dyskinesias has no cure, and patients who catch have to live with it for their entire life. This can bring a negative impact to a victim’s physical, emotional, mental, vocational, and social life. Patients who take Reglan may not have been properly consulted on the risks before being prescribed the medicine. A Reglan attorney who understands the victim’s needs can do the appropriate research and investigation necessary to help the client get the claims and compensation that is deserved.
What You Can Do
Hundreds of Reglan lawsuits have already been filed, and the number is only expected to grow. You or someone you know may be eligible for compensation for taking Reglan. Medical insurance and hospital records can be a confusing mess to sift through, and the expert eyes of a pharmaceutical attorney can help guide you through the process. Contact After Personal Injury today to connect with the lawyer that is right for you, so you or a loved one can start seeing the progress you expect.