What is Motilium used for?
Motilium, with the generic name domperidone, is a dopamine antagonist drug. It can be used as single-agent therapy or in combination with other antiemetic and antiflatulent drugs.
- Domperidone is used to help relieve nausea and vomiting caused by delayed gastric emptying or the time it takes for food to empty from the stomach and enter the small intestine.
- Also, it increases gastrointestinal movement to facilitate food digestion more quickly.
How does it work?
When taken correctly and absorbed into the bloodstream, it works as an antiemetic drug and promotes movement in the stomach. It affects a specific area of the nervous system and blocks the function of a brain chemical messenger that regulates nausea and vomiting. In addition, it facilitates easier passage of food through the stomach by enhancing the motility of the intestines and stomach.
The dosage and frequency of Motilium (domperidone) vary from person to person. It will be dependent on current health status, age, and tolerance to therapy. This drug is available in a 10 mg tablet formulation.
For patients 12 years and above, the usual recommended daily dose of this drug is 10 mg three times a day. The maximum dosage is three tablets each day.
Directions on how to use Motilium
Make sure to read all domperidone guidelines and information provided in the leaflet. Follow all the drug instructions and ask for help if there is anything that you do not know or understand about using this medication.
As prescribed, this drug is taken orally on an empty stomach or about half an hour before meals. Make sure to swallow the whole tablet without crushing, chewing, or biting the medication.
Take this medication on a fixed schedule to prevent missing a dose. If you fail to take domperidone, take it as soon as you remember, and skip it if it’s almost near the next scheduled dose. Bear in mind not to exceed the recommended dosage because overusing this drug will not help your condition faster.
Motilium Side Effects
The following are the most common side effects of domperidone medication that go away with time:
- Dry mouth
- Low sexual drive in men
- Unusual breast milk production (men and women)
- Painful or tender breasts
If you encounter any of the symptoms listed below, contact your doctor and seek medical attention as soon as possible:
- Irregular eye movements
- Unusual movements of the tongue
- Unusual posture (twisted neck, trembling, muscle stiffness)
- Rapid heart rate
Keep in mind that this is not a comprehensive list of the potential health risks associated with this domperidone. Other complications may occur not listed in this leaflet.
How much does Motilium cost?
Our price of Motilium is relatively cheaper in contrast with other online and local drugstores. Our online pharmacy can let you buy this drug more swiftly and conveniently without the trouble of going to a physical drugstore.
Precautions when using Motilium
If you have AIDS or HIV, heart, liver, or kidney problems, inform your doctor to avoid aggravating your current condition.
Do not take this drug if you have a pituitary gland tumor, blockage in your intestines, black and tarry stools, prolonged QT corrected interval, or heart failure, as this can worsen your symptoms.
Do not use this drug if you are allergic to domperidone or other ingredients. When taking this medication, be mindful of allergic reactions such as rashes, hives, swelling of the face and lips, throat tightness, or difficulty breathing. Telephone your primary care provider as soon as these signs and symptoms appear.
Notify your doctor about your medicines and vitamins to avoid drug interactions, especially if you take meds to treat fungal and bacterial infections.
Drowsiness or dizziness may occur when using this domperidone. Make sure to avoid driving or operating equipment/machinery to prevent injuries and accidents.
If you are 60 years old or older, use caution when giving this drug since they are more susceptible to experiencing more side effects.
Bear in mind to keep domperidone and other meds out of the reach of children.
Frequently Asked Questions
Can Motilium be given to children?
Motilium is given to individuals 12 years old and above with a body weight of 35 kg or more.
When is the best time to take domperidone?
The best time to take this drug is at least 15 to 30 minutes before meals for maximum absorption. It is best not to take this drug after eating, as food may reduce the medication’s effectiveness.
Is Motilium for long-term use?
No. Motilium is for short-term treatment only. Make sure not to use this drug for more than seven days unless instructed by your doctor. Usually, symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, and indigestion are relieved within three to four days of taking this drug.
Can I take Omeprazole with Motilium?
It is safe to use Domperidone and Omeprazole for most patients. Some may experience side effects that others don’t. Inform your doctor if you experience persistent problems while taking those medications.