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Reglan/Compazine Induced Tardive Dyskinesia

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Tardive Dyskinesia is a serious, irreversible neurological disorder that can appear at any age. Tardive Dyskinesia is a side effect of taking antipsychotic / neuroleptics drugs. Symptoms can be hardly noticeable or profound. Symptoms involve uncontrollable movement of various body parts, including the body trunk, legs, arms, fingers, mouth, lips, or tongue. Once any symptom of Tardive Dyskinesia appear, the antipsychotic / neuroleptic must be discontinued. Our firm is experienced in cases involving drug induced tardive dyskensia.

Reglan (metoclopramide) is a prescription drug used to treat gastrointestinal problems in children and adults. Post-operative patients and those undergoing cancer treatments may be given Reglan to reduce nausea and vomiting. Children and adults with gastroesophageal reflux (GER) and gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), diabetic gastroparesis, and other related conditions are often prescribed Reglan. Infants are commonly given Reglan to treat GER and GERD.

Reglan is a dopamine antagonist that increases lower esophageal sphincter pressure and improves gastrointestinal emptying. The FDA approved Reglan, which is manufactured by Baxter Healthcare Corporation, for short-term treatment (between 4 and 12 weeks) of these conditions only after conservative methods of treatment have failed. However, evidence shows that one-third of patients are prescribed Reglan for longer than 12 weeks, which is against FDA recommendations.

Compazine (prochlorperazine) is a phenothiazine derivative given for control of severe nausea and vomiting and for the treatment of schizophrenia. Compazine should not be administered for longer than 12 weeks, because the use of Compazine at higher doses or for longer intervals may cause persistent tardive dyskinesia that may prove

Evidence shows that the drugs Reglan and Compazine can cause Tardive Dyskinesia, a serious and often irreversible movement disorder. Infants who are given Reglan appear to be at an even greater risk for this serious drug side effect.

Administration of these drugs without proper monitoring for lengths of time exceeding 12 weeks can often result in a settlement or verdict in favor of the person who has developed tardive dyskinesia, especially where the physician was aware, or should have been aware, of the development of abnormal movements. Gastroenterologists and family practitioners prescribing Reglan orCompazine are often ignorant to the risk and sublteties of the insidious development of tradive dyskinesia.

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