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Domperidone

Domperidone is an antiemetic salt that speeds up stomach and bowel contractions.

It helps treat nausea and vomiting by delaying gastric emptying. 

The anti-sickness salt stimulates intestinal motions and improves stool elimination.

Doctors also recommend Domperidone for enhancing breast milk production.

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Domperidone is an antiemetic salt that speeds up stomach and bowel contractions.

It helps treat nausea and vomiting by delaying gastric emptying. 

The anti-sickness salt stimulates intestinal motions and improves stool elimination.

Doctors also recommend Domperidone for enhancing breast milk production.

Domperidone Uses

Domperidone is an FDA-approved salt for treating the following medical conditions:

Nausea and vomiting

It is a disorder that causes stomach problems and the feeling of vomiting. The discomfort has numerous reasons and is usually treatable.

This salt treats or prevents nausea and vomiting induced by chemotherapy or digestive system problems.

Gastric Motility disorders

Domperidone may also be used to treat Gastric Motility disorders, where the movement of food from the stomach is prolonged, resulting in delayed emptying. 

Improve breast milk production 

Domperidone stimulates the hormone prolactin, which is involved in breast milk production. As a result, salt aids in increasing breast milk production.

How does Domperidone work

Domperidone is a stimulant. It aids the passage of food through the digestive tract.

It impacts the brain area that controls vomiting.

The salt works on the upper region of the digestive tract to increase the stomach and intestinal contractions, allowing food to move more quickly through the stomach.

The salt blocks the messages that pass between your digestive system and the brain. 

It makes you less prone to falling sick by making the muscles at the entrance of your stomach tighten and the muscles at the exit of your stomach relax. 

The salt also increases breast milk supply by stimulating the production of prolactin hormone. 

Dosage

It is recommended to have Domperidone tablets before food. 

You should take it 15 to 30 minutes before you have a meal or snack.

Always follow your doctor's instructions when taking the medicines containing anti-sickness salt.

Take the Domperidone tablet whole with a glass of water. Do not crush or chew the tablets. 

The dose recommended for adults and children of age 12 years is one 10mg tablet. 

You can take medicine containing this salt three times a day when needed. Space your doses evenly throughout the day, at least 8 hours apart.

Who can take it

Domperidone is safe for intake in most adults and children aged 12 years and older.

You can avoid taking medicines containing this salt if you 

  • Have an allergic reaction to Domperidone or any other medicine
  • Weigh less than 35kg
  • Suffer from Crohn's disease
  • Had abdominal surgery recently, such as a Hernia operation or Cesarean section
  • Suffer from a tumor in the pituitary gland
  • Are 60 years of age or more

Side effects

Although the salt is a safe medication, it can show undesired effects if not used as recommended. The Domperidone side effects include 

Interactions 

Like other medicinal salts, Domperidone might also interact with other drugs and diseases to show side effects, 

Drug interactions

  • Antidepressants medicines
  • Antibiotics or medicines for fungal infections
  • Medicines for HIV infection
  • Medicines for Malaria
  • Medications for heart disease or Hypertension 
  • Drugs for cancer or having treatment for cancer

Disease interactions

Pros and Cons

ProsCons
Domperidone is an anti-sickness medicine. It helps you get relief from Nausea.It may not be safe for those with heart problems.
After intake, it works within 30 to 60 minutes to show action.It is not meant for people above the age of 60. 
It is a cheaper yet effective alternative to other branded tablets. 

 

Storage

Store at room temperature only.  Keep it away from direct sunshine, dampness, and heat.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Domperidone used for?

Domperidone is a salt used to treat stomach discomfort like Nausea and Vomiting. It is sometimes used for treating delayed stomach emptying as well. 

It is also used for increasing the milk supply in breastfeeding mothers. 

What are the side effects of Domperidone?

Domperidone is a safe medication but can show side effects in a few cases. Domperidone's common side effects include difficulty breathing, dizziness, disturbed menstrual cycle, Diarrhea, and Angina. 

Who should not take Domperidone?

Domperidone is not safe for people over 60, who are allergic to the salt, weigh less than 35 kg, had abdominal surgery, or have a tumor in the pituitary gland.  

How quickly does Domperidone work?

Domperidone should begin to act within 30 to 60 minutes. You should take Domperidone feasible and at the lowest effective dose for the shortest period.

How safe is Domperidone?

Domperidone is an FDA-approved salt to treat Nausea and Vomiting. It is generally safe for most people. 

If you suffer from heart issues or are on other drugs, you should first visit your physician to check that this medication is safe for you to use.

Is Domperidone good for acid reflux?

Yes, Domperidone is a prescribed medicine for acid reflux. It works to increase the movement of food through the stomach and intestine. 

Hence, it helps in reducing the burning sensation in the stomach. 

Does Domperidone make you sleepy?

Domperidone belongs to the group of anti-sickness medicines. It does not make you feel tired or sleepy. 

Will Domperidone cause weight gain?

Yes, some people may suffer weight gain as a side effect of this medication. But it happens in rare cases. 

Does domperidone help with bloating?

Domperidone reduces bloating, fullness, and indigestion by accelerating the transit of food through the stomach and digestive tract.

Is Domperidone a steroid?

Domperidone is not a steroid but a dopamine antagonist salt used to treat Nausea and Vomiting.