Metoclopramide UK
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Metoclopramide

Medication features

Metoclopramide is a prescription medication used to treat nausea and vomitting

  • Prescription anti-sickness medicine
  • Short term use only (up to 5 days)
  • Treats nausea caused by various conditions

Overview

Order Metoclopramide Online UK 

You can request to order metoclopramide 10mg tablets online from our UK registered online doctor and pharmacy service. Once you have completed an online doctor consultation, our UK trained and registered GPs will review your assessment and prescribe the medicine if safe and appropriate. 

A prescription is then sent to our UK pharmacy team who will dispense and dispatch the medicine to your chosen address. Please note, this service is only available to people who have been prescribed this previously from their GP.

What is Metoclopramide?

Metoclopramide is an anti-sickness medicine that helps to relieve nausea (feeling sick) and vomiting. It’s used as an anti-sickness medicine for various reasons such as migraine, radiotherapy or chemotherapy, and after an operation.

The active ingredient in the tablets is metoclopramide hydrochloride. Only one strength, metoclopramide 10 mg tablets, are available. It’s a prescription-only medicine and not available to buy over the counter. It’s also known as the brand name Maxolon.

How does it work?

Metoclopramide works by blocking chemical messengers from being received by the part of your brain responsible for vomiting. By blocking these messengers, metoclopramide reduces the sensation of nausea and helps to prevent vomiting.

How to take Metoclopramide

The recommended metoclopramide dosage is one 10mg tablet taken up to three times a day. You should always take this medicine exactly as your doctor has told you. You should leave at least 6 hours between doses. This makes sure that you avoid accidentally overdosing. 

This medicine is only for short term use and the maximum recommended treatment duration is 5 days. If you miss a dose, skip the missed dose. Do not take a double dose to make up for a forgotten dose.

Side effects

There is a risk of side effects when taking metoclopramide, although not everyone will get them. The most common side effects include drowsiness, diarrhoea, feeling weak, restlessness and uncontrollable movements (such as tics or shaking).

You should stop taking this medicine and ask your doctor for advice if you notice uncontrollable movements as a side effect. See section 4 of the patient information leaflet for further drug information on serious side effects like an allergic reaction to the medicine. You can also talk to your doctor or pharmacist for medical advice about side effects.

Metoclopramide alternatives

There are several anti-sickness medicines used to control nausea and vomiting. Medicines used for travel sickness include cinnarizine, promethazine and Hyoscine (Kwells). A medicine called buclizine is an effective treatment for nausea associated with migraines. This is one of the active ingredients in Migraleve Pink tablets.

Other anti-sickness medicines available on prescription include prochlorperazine, cyclizine, domperidone and ondansetron. They can help to treat nausea and vomiting caused by various conditions such as vertigo, nausea after an operation, and morning sickness.

Metoclopramide summary

Duration of use

Recommended short term use only (up to 5 days)

How it works

Blocks nausea messages to the brain

Price

£8.99

Side effects

Can include drowsiness, diarrhoea, and restlessness

FAQ

What is metoclopramide used for?

Metoclopramide is used as an anti-sickness medicine. It can help with nausea and vomiting from chemotherapy and radiotherapy and can be used to treat nausea associated with migraine. It can also be used to relieve nausea and vomiting from other causes. 

What are the side effects of metoclopramide?

There is a risk of side effects when taking metoclopramide, although not everyone will get them. 

Common side effects include feeling weak, drowsiness, restlessness, diarrhoea, and uncontrolled muscle movements. These may affect up to 1 in 10 people, although drowsiness may affect more than 1 in 10 people.

How long does metoclopramide take to work?

You should notice an effect within 30 to 60 minutes of taking a tablet. The maximum recommended treatment duration is 5 days.

Can I buy metoclopramide over the counter in the UK?

Metoclopramide, in the UK, is a prescription-only medicine. This means that you cannot buy it over the counter. However, you can buy metoclopramide online in the UK from certain UK registered online pharmacies. 

At Simple Online Pharmacy, we ask that you complete an online assessment for our doctors to review. Please note, only people who are prescribed this medicine by their GP can order this online.

FAQ

What is the best anti-sickness tablet?

The best anti-sickness tablet for you depends on the cause of your nausea and vomiting. Different medicines will be more effective for nausea caused by different conditions. For example, prochlorperazine has less of a sedating effect than cyclizine or promethazine. This makes it more suitable for patients with persistent vomiting or with severe nausea. 

If you have tried over the counter anti-sickness medicines and these haven’t worked, you should contact your doctor for advice.

Do anti-sickness tablets actually work?

Medicines used to treat nausea can be effective at preventing or treating nausea. For example, many people find travel sickness medicines effective when travelling. If your anti-sickness medicine isn’t working for you, you should contact your doctor for medical advice.

What antiemetics can you buy over the counter?

There are several antiemetics available over the counter. For example, promethazine, hyoscine, and cinnarizine are available to buy for travel sickness. Buccal prochlorperazine 3mg is available to buy to treat nausea associated with migraine.

Cyclizine can also be bought over the counter. It can be used to treat nausea associated with various causes.

Can anxiety cause nausea?

Nausea is one of many symptoms that can be caused by anxiety. Anxiety can also cause other similar symptoms such as stomach ache, dizziness, and tiredness. Taking medicines to help your anxiety, or using tips like calming breathing exercises, can help nausea associated with anxiety.

Is nausea a symptom of COVID?

The British Medical Journal suggests that around 9% of people will experience nausea/vomiting if they have COVID. Other gastric symptoms include loss of appetite, abdominal pain, and diarrhoea.

The main symptoms of COVID are a new, continuous cough, a high temperature, and a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste.

Reviews

Info Leaflet

Before taking any medication, it is important to read the Patient Information Leaflet.

Warnings

Metoclopramide is not suitable for everyone to take. Anyone who has had a previous allergic reaction to metoclopramide, or any of the other ingredients in the tablets, should not take it. It should also not be taken if you have bleeding, obstruction or a tear in your stomach. People with health problems like epilepsy, Parkinson’s disease or a history of involuntary muscle spasms should not take this medicine.

For a complete list of warnings, see the patient information leaflet.

Metoclopramide and other medicines

Some medicines may interact with metoclopramide tablets and should not be taken together. Talk to your pharmacist or doctor for medical advice if you take any medicines listed in section 2 of the patient information leaflet.

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