Metoclopramide increases muscle contractions in the upper digestive tract. This speeds up the rate at which the stomach empties into the intestines.
Possible side effects may include constipation, disorientation and frenzy. High doses or long-term use of metoclopramide can cause a serious movement disorder that may not be reversible. Symptoms of this disorder include uncontrollable muscle movements of lips, tongue, eyes, face, arms, or legs. This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. If any of these side effects are observed contact your veterinarian.
Dogs and Cats
Metoclopramide is a gastrointestinal stimulant used in the treatment of nausea, vomiting, and reflux disease by normalizing stomach contractions enabling food and bile to pass. It can also be used post-surgery to treat nausea and vomiting and to control nausea and vomiting associated with chemotherapy.
Metoclopramide should be given orally as directed by your veterinarian.
This medication does not have an FDA approved indication for use in animals, but it is a common and acceptable practice for veterinarians to prescribe this human medication for use in animals.
Inform your veterinarian if your pet has kidney or liver disease, congestive heart failure, high blood pressure, or diabetes prior to beginning treatment. The safety of this medication has not been evaluated in pregnant, breeding, or nursing animals. Do not use in pets who have a stomach or intestinal blockage, or bleeding into the stomach. Metoclopramide could cause seizures therefore should not be used in pets with a history of seizures. Do not use in an animal with an adrenal tumor.
Allergic reactions to medications may occur. Be sure to inform VetSource and your veterinarian if your pet has any known drug sensitivities or allergies. If your pet displays symptoms of an allergic reaction, call your veterinarian immediately or go to a veterinary emergency clinic. Symptoms may include but are not limited to: swollen lips, tongue, face, airways; difficulty breathing; agitation; profuse salivation; vomiting; widespread hives and itching.