Metoclopramide is often prescribed to people who have acid reflux disease, a condition where acid from the stomach travels back up the esophagus, causing heartburn as well as injuries to the esophagus. This medication helps heal sores and ulcers in the esophagus as well as relieves heartburn.
Taking this medication can cause patients to develop tardive dyskenia. This is a serious and irreversible muscular disease in which patients lose control over some of their muscles. This disease often causes facial tics and distortions. The risk of developing this disease increases if patients take the drug for a longer period of time. You should not take this medication for more than 12 weeks because of this risk.