Reglan (metoclopramide) is a prescription medication used to treat certain stomach or intestinal issues, such as gastroparesis or acid reflux. However, if you or someone you love has taken Reglan, you may be at risk for developing an incurable muscle disorder.
At Gordon & Partners, our Reglan lawsuit attorneys are here to help all victims who were harmed by serious Reglan side effects. By filing a Reglan lawsuit, you may be entitled to receive compensation for any damages sustained, such as medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering.
If you believe you have justifiable cause to file a Reglan lawsuit, please do not hesitate to contact us today. Our lawyers have more than 200 years of combined legal experience and have helped hundreds of victims just like you receive millions in favorable verdicts and settlements.
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Reglan and Tardive Dyskinesia
Reglan is used primarily to treat occasional bouts of acid reflux, which is commonly referred to as “heartburn.” In some instances, it is used as a long-term treatment for persistent heartburn when other medications fail to work. Reglan is also used to treat numerous other conditions, including migraines, nausea and vomiting due to pregnancy, and gastroparesis, which is a condition that causes food to move too slowly through the digestive system.
In 2009, the FDA publicly revealed a known connection between the extended use of Reglan and tardive dyskinesia – a serious and often irreversible muscle condition.
Tardive dyskinesia (TD) is a neurological disorder that causes involuntary, rapid muscle twitching in the face and body. The word “tardive” means “delayed,” and dyskinesia means “abnormal movement.” This condition is a serious Reglan side effect, as well as a serious side effect of antipsychotic medications that are often prescribed to control schizophrenia.
TD typically affects a person’s face, often causing them to move their eyes, lips, tongue and jaw uncontrollably. An individual’s arms, legs, fingers, toes and torso can also be affected and may twitch or move rapidly. These random and involuntary muscle spasms can be painful, difficult to control and embarrassing. Many TD sufferers feel socially hindered by the disease. Those who suffer from more severe cases of the disease can be nearly incapacitated, making it difficult for them to perform simple tasks like talking, walking and eating.
Depending on the person, TD symptoms may be mild or severe, and they may last for a short time or they may continue indefinitely. Signs and symptoms of Reglan and tardive dyskinesia include:
- Grimacing or frowning randomly
- Tongue protrusion
- Smacking, puckering or pursing of the lips
- Blinking one’s eyes rapidly
- Twitching movements of the arms, legs, fingers or toes
- Random, jerking movements of torso, head, legs or arms
- Difficulty breathing
- Uncontrollable grunting or gasping
Regardless of the length or severity of TD symptoms, the condition has no known cure, and those who suffer from it are simply forced to live with it.
At Gordon & Partners, our class action lawyers believe consumers should have been warned about the connection between Reglan and tardive dyskinesia decades before the FDA finally advised the public on the matter.
We also believe that pharmaceutical companies that manufacture and sell Reglan acted negligently and irresponsible when they failed to inform innocent patients about the known risks associated with Reglan and tardive dyskinesia. For their harmful and unethical actions, these companies should be held accountable in a court of law.
If you believe you or a loved one has suffered due to the link between Reglan and tardive dyskinesia, contact our experience attorneys today to discuss a possible Reglan lawsuit. We have the knowledge and resources necessary to help you win the justice and compensation you need and deserve.
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Studies on Dangerous Reglan Side Effects
Reglan was initially approved by the FDA in 1980. In 2011, nearly one million prescriptions for Reglan were dispensed, even though pharmaceutical companies had known for decades that Reglan side effects were dangerous. In fact, evidence of severe side effects from Reglan have been published in various medical journals that date as far back as the 1970s.
One study, which was published in Archives of Disease in Childhood in 1970, reported that children who were given Reglan for minor stomach issues developed “alarming side-reactions during treatment.” The Reglan side effects seen in the study manifested within one to three days after treatment began and included severe symptoms such as the inability to speak, consistent twitching of the eyes, random jerking movements of the arms and legs, and facial grimacing.
In 2007, the FDA conducted a study on the severity of Reglan side effects in adult patients who took the drug long-term. The FDA defines long-term use of a drug as three months or longer. According to the study, an increased number of patients suffered serious, adverse effects while taking the medication long-term. In fact, the risk for developing serious side effects, such as tardive dyskinesia, was 100 times greater with long-term treatment than initially determined.
The outcome of this study led to the FDA requiring a black-box warning for Reglan in 2009. The warning advises patients about dangerous Reglan side effects, particularly about Reglan and tardive dyskinesia after long-term use of the drug.
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Even though the FDA approved Reglan in 1980, many patients were not informed about the link between Reglan and tardive dyskinesia until the FDA required a black-box warning be added to the drug’s packaging in 2009.
Despite knowing about the severity of Reglan side effects for more than 45 years, pharmaceutical companies are still manufacturing and selling the drug today. In 2015, the Institute for Safe Medication Practices reported 1,180 cases of tardive dyskinesia resulting from Reglan use.
If you or someone you love has been affected by tardive dyskinesia after taking Reglan, you may be entitled to file a Reglan lawsuit and receive compensation for your injuries.
At Gordon & Partners, our qualified Reglan lawsuit attorneys offer 100 percent FREE consultations and can help you determine if you have grounds to file a Reglan lawsuit. We also work on a contingency fee basis, which means we do not get paid unless you receive a favorable verdict or settlement.
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