Metoclopramide UK
  • Metoclopramide UK


Medication features

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


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.

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



Side effects

Can include drowsiness, diarrhoea, and restlessness


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.

Side Effects

Metoclopramide 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.


Info Leaflet

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


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.


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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