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What medications are available for people with gastroparesis?

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For some people with gastroparesis, medications can help:

  • Dimenhydrinate (Dramamine), an over-the-counter antihistamine, helps prevent nausea and vomiting.
  • Domperidone (Motilium) manages problems in your upper digestive system that are linked to gastroparesis.
  • Erythromycin, an antibiotic, also helps your stomach to move out food.
  • Metoclopramide (Reglan) makes your stomach muscles to move, which helps food leave your system. It may also prevent nausea and vomiting.
  • Ondansetron (Zofran) blocks chemicals in your brain and stomach that cause nausea and vomiting.
  • Prochlorperazine (Compazine) helps control nausea and vomiting.

SOURCES: 

American Diabetes Association: "Gastroparesis and Diabetes." 

National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse (NDDIC): "Gastroparesis and Diabetes." 

Medline Plus: "Gastroparesis." 

CDC: "Diabetes-Related Health Concerns." 

Tesfaye, S. The New England Journal of Medicine, 2005. 

UpToDate.

Reviewed by Michael Dansinger on May 18, 2019

SOURCES: 

American Diabetes Association: "Gastroparesis and Diabetes." 

National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse (NDDIC): "Gastroparesis and Diabetes." 

Medline Plus: "Gastroparesis." 

CDC: "Diabetes-Related Health Concerns." 

Tesfaye, S. The New England Journal of Medicine, 2005. 

UpToDate.

Reviewed by Michael Dansinger on May 18, 2019

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