Prescription domperidone (also known by the brand name Motilium) is primarily used to ease digestive symptoms caused by slowed movement in the gastrointestinal tract (gastroparesis). Gastroparesis symptoms include nausea, vomiting, bloating, heartburn and a feeling of fullness.
Domperidone works by speeding up stomach emptying. Slow stomach emptying is often associated with gastritis (an inflamed stomach lining) and with diabetes. Gastroparesis is common in diabetics because years of high blood sugar can damage the vagus nerve, which controls the stomach contractions that move food through the digestive system.
Domperidone also increases the production of the hormone prolactin, which stimulates milk production in breastfeeding women. As a result, many women with a poor milk supply are prescribed domperidone for breastfeeding. The American Academy of Pediatrics has pronounced domperidone "usually compatible with breastfeeding".
Domperidone is also used to prevent the nausea and vomited often caused by medications used to treat Parkinson's disease. On occasion, a doctor might suggest other domperidone uses.
Domperidone is usually well tolerated, but domperidone side effects can include headache, abdominal cramps, dizziness, dry mouth, nervousness and flushing. These side effects usually subside as the body adjusts to the medication.
Domperidone has been controversial in the US for some time. Although prescription domperidone is the medication of choice to treat gastroparesis in many countries, the FDA has refused to approve it on several occasions. This is despite many clinical trials demonstrating its safety and effectiveness; many doctors and pharmacists urging it be approved, and the FDA's own division of gastrointestinal drugs approving domperidone for gastroparesis.
Despite the domperidone FDA controversy, many Americans choose to buy domperidone online from Canada and other countries. As with any prescription medication, anyone using domperidone Motilium should take it as directed by their doctor.
For more information on domperidone from Canada, go to bodyandhealth.canada.com.
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