What is Motilium (Domperidone) used for?
Domperidone belongs to a class of drugs called anti-emetics. It is also classified as a dopamine antagonist. Domperidone is used to treat various conditions such as gastroparesis, nausea and vomiting. Domperidone is also used to increase breast milk production. Domperidone is generic but it is also available under the brand name Motilium. Domperidone is available as a tablet in the strength 10mg.
Motilium (Domperidone) Information
Domperidone is used to treat nausea and vomiting as well as stomach related issues such as stomach discomfort, bloating and indigestion caused by the slow movement of food through the stomach and gastrointestinal tract (gastroparesis).
Domperidone works to treat gastroparesis by increasing the movement and contraction of the muscles in the stomach and intestines. This movement improves how quickly and easily food moves through the digestive tract.
Domperidone is also used to increase breast milk supply by increasing the level of the hormone prolactin which stimulates breast milk production.
Domperidone is taken by mouth. It should be used at the lowest effective dose. Domperidone dosage will vary depending on the condition being treated. It is best to take domperidone 15 to 30 minutes before meals for better absorption. Always take domperidone as instructed by your doctor or pharmacist.
Domperidone is not indicated for the treatment of constipation. Due to the increased motility of the digestive tract when taking domperidone, some persons can experience diarrhea but this is not a common side effect.
A common side effect of domperidone is dry mouth.
Other side effects of domperidone are:
- loss of libido in men
- breast pain/tenderness
- rapid or irregular heartbeat
- urinary tract infection.
This is not a full list of side effects. Always let your doctor or pharmacist know if you experience any unusual effects while taking domperidone.
Possible drug interactions with domperidone are:
- anti-arrhythmic drugs such as disopyramide, quinidine. Amiodarone. Dronedarone and sotalol
- some antipsychotics such as haloperidol, pimozide and sertindole
- some anti-depressants such as citalopram and escitalopram
- some antibiotics such as erythromycin, levofloxacin, azithromycin, clarithromycin and moxifloxacin
This is not a complete list. Always let your doctor and pharmacist know the full list of drugs you are taking so they can check for any possible drug interactions.
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