What is Maxolon (metoclopramide)?
Maxolon is a medicine that is used to prevent nausea and vomiting. The active ingredient in Maxolon, metoclopramide, increases the rate at which food passes through the stomach. Because it promotes stomach emptying it reduces the feeling of nausea and fullness. Maxolon also blocks receptors in an area of the brain called the vomiting centre, which strongly reduces the urge to vomit.
What is it used for?
Maxolon (metoclopramide) is prescribed to treat severe nausea and vomiting from various causes, including migraine, specific gastrointestinal diseases, side effects of medication such as chemotherapy, morning sickness and nausea due to surgery. In some cases, it is also used in patients with long-lasting hiccups.
How to use Maxolon (metoclopramide)
Maxolon tablets should be swallowed whole with some liquid. If used for migraine, take a tablet as soon as you feel a migraine attack coming on. If you have forgotten to take a dose of Maxolon, skip the missed dose and continue your regular dosing schedule.
Maxolon (metoclopramide) is available in packs containing 84 tablets of 10 mg. Unless otherwise prescribed by the doctor, the usual dose for adults is:
- One tablet, two to maximally four times a day. (Maximum dose for morning sickness: three tablets a day.)
The appropriate dose for chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting is determined by a doctor. Maxolon is not suitable for children and young adults. Before you start using Maxolon, be sure to read the package leaflet. It is important not to exceed the prescribed dose.
All medications can cause side effects, although some people may not experience any. The most commonly reported side effects of Maxolon (metoclopramide) include:
- Tiredness, drowsiness or sleepiness, feeling of weakness.
- Constipation or diarrhea.
- Skin irritation due to over-sensitivity.
See package leaflet for more side effects, warnings and contraindications.
Maxolon is safe to use during pregnancy. Maxolon is passed into breast milk in small amounts and should therefore only be used with the doctor’s approval if you are breastfeeding.
Maxolon may affect your ability to react. Do not drive or operate machinery if you feel drowsy, dizzy or sleepy.
Alcohol may intensify side effects such as dizziness and drowsiness. It is therefore advisable to avoid drinking alcohol while taking Maxolon (metoclopramide).