Metozolv ODT Warnings and Precautions
Metozolv ODT should not be taken for more than 12 weeks. Taking it longer than this can increase the risk of potentially dangerous side effects, such as extrapyramidal symptoms and neuroleptic malignant syndrome. Precautions and warnings with Metozolv ODT also apply to people with certain medical conditions, such as depression, as well as women who are pregnant or breastfeeding.
What Should I Tell My Healthcare Provider?Prior to taking Metozolv™ ODT (orally disintegrating metoclopramide), talk to your healthcare provider if you have:
- Gastrointestinal bleeding or perforation
- A gastrointestinal blockage
- Seizures or epilepsy
- Depression (or a history of depression)
- Parkinson's disease
- High blood pressure (hypertension)
- Congestive heart failure (CHF)
- Cirrhosis of the liver
- Any allergies, including to food, dyes, or preservatives.
Also, let your healthcare provider know if you are:
- Pregnant or thinking of becoming pregnant
In addition, tell your healthcare provider about all the medicines you take, including prescription and nonprescription drugs, vitamins, and herbal supplements.
Specific Precautions and Warnings With Metozolv ODTSome warnings and precautions to be aware of with Metozolv ODT include the following:
- Metozolv ODT can cause a group of bothersome and sometimes disturbing side effects known as extrapyramidal symptoms (EPS). These symptoms include:
- Unusual body, facial, or tongue movements
- Muscle tension or contractions
- Feelings of internal restlessness or jitteriness.
It is important to contact your healthcare provider right away if you develop EPS, since letting it go too long increases the chance of the symptoms becoming permanent, even after the medication is stopped.
- Metozolv ODT is approved for short-term use only (no more than 12 weeks). Taking it longer increases the risk of permanent extrapyramidal symptoms.
- This medication may cause depression. Some cases are mild, while others are quite severe and may involve suicidal thinking or behavior. Tell your healthcare provider if you have depression or even a history of depression. If you start to notice any symptoms of depression while taking Metozolv ODT, contact your healthcare provider.
- Metozolv ODT can cause symptoms that look like Parkinson's disease. It can also make Parkinson's disease worse. In general, people with this condition should avoid this medicine.
- This drug can cause a life-threatening condition called neuroleptic malignant syndrome (NMS). Some symptoms of NMS include:
- A high fever
- Stiff muscles
- Irregular pulse or blood pressure
- A fast heart rate (tachycardia)
- Irregular heart rhythms (arrhythmias).
Tell your healthcare provider right away if think you might have NMS.
- Metozolv ODT could make high blood pressure, congestive heart failure, and cirrhosis worse. If you have any of these conditions, check with your healthcare provider before taking this medicine.
- Some people may experience withdrawal symptoms, such as dizziness, nervousness, or headaches, after stopping Metozolv ODT.
- Metozolv ODT can interact with other medications (see Metozolv ODT Drug Interactions).
- Metozolv ODT is usually considered a pregnancy Category B medication. This means that it is probably safe for use during pregnancy, although the full risks are not known. Talk to your healthcare provider about the risks and benefits of using this drug when pregnant (see Metozolv ODT and Pregnancy for more information).
- This medication passes through breast milk. Therefore, if you are breastfeeding or plan to start, talk with your healthcare provider before beginning treatment (see Metozolv ODT and Breastfeeding for more information).