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1. Name of the medicinal product

Metoclopramide 5 mg/ml Solution for Injection

2. Qualitative and quantitative composition

Each ampoule of 2 ml contains metoclopramide hydrochloride monohydrate equivalent to 10 mg of metoclopramide hydrochloride anhydrous.

Each ampoule of 10 ml contains metoclopramide hydrochloride monohydrate equivalent to 50 mg of metoclopramide hydrochloride anhydrous.

Each ml of solution contains 3.40 mg of sodium.

For full list of excipients, see section 6.1

3. Pharmaceutical form

Solution for injection.

Clear, colourless, sterile solution.

Osmolarity: 280 mOsmol/L and 320 mOsmol/L

pH between 3.00 and 5.00

4. Clinical particulars
4.1 Therapeutic indications

Adult population:

Metoclopramide is indicated in adults for:

- Prevention of post operative nausea and vomiting (PONV)

- Symptomatic treatment of nausea and vomiting, including acute migraine induced nausea and vomiting

- Prevention or treatment of nausea and vomiting (feeling or being sick), including nausea and vomiting that may result from anticancer medicines (CINV) or radiation treatment (RINV)

Paediatric population

Metoclopramide is indicated in children (aged 1-18 years) for:

- Prevention of delayed chemotherapy induced nausea and vomiting (CINV) as a second line option

- Treatment of post operative nausea and vomiting (PONV) as a second line option.

This medication should not be used in children under 1 year old. For other indications, the use in the paediatric population is not recommended.

4.2 Posology and method of administration

The solution can be administered intravenously or intramuscularly.

Intravenous doses should be administered as a slow bolus (at least over 3 minutes).

For both adults and children, metoclopramide should only be used for a maximum of 5 days.

All indications (adult patients)

For prevention of post operative nausea and vomiting PONV a single dose of 10 mg is recommended.

For the symptomatic treatment of nausea and vomiting, including acute migraine induced nausea and vomiting and for the prevention of radiotherapy induced nausea and vomiting (RINV): the recommended single dose is 10 mg, repeated up to three times daily

The maximum recommended daily dose is 30 mg or 0.5mg/kg body weight.

The injectable treatment duration should be as short as possible and transfer to oral or rectal treatment should be made as soon as possible.

All indications (paediatric patients aged 1-18 years)

The recommended dose is 0.1 to 0.15 mg/kg body weight, repeated up to three times daily by intravenous route. The maximum dose in 24 hours is 0.5 mg/kg body weight.

Dosing table


Body Weight



1-3 years

10-14 kg

1 mg

Up to 3 times daily

3-5 years

15-19 kg

2 mg

Up to 3 times daily

5-9 years

20-29 kg

2.5 mg

Up to 3 times daily

9-18 years

30-60 kg

5 mg

Up to 3 times daily

15-18 years

Over 60kg

10 mg

Up to 3 times daily

For the prevention of delayed nausea and vomiting, the maximum treatment duration is 5 days.

For the treatment of nausea and postoperative vomiting (PONV) proven, the maximum treatment duration is 48 hours.

Special population


In elderly patients a dose reduction should be considered, based on renal and hepatic function and overall frailty.

Renal impairment:

In patients with end stage renal disease (Creatinine clearance ≤ 15 ml/min), the daily dose should be reduced by 75%.

In patients with moderate to severe renal impairment (Creatinine clearance 15-60 ml/min), the dose should be reduced by 50% (see section 5.2).

Hepatic impairment:

In patients with severe hepatic impairment, the dose should be reduced by 50% (see section 5.2).

Paediatric population

Metoclopramide is contraindicated in children aged less than 1 year (see section 4.3).

A minimal interval of 6 hours between two administrations is to be respected, even in case of vomiting or rejection of the dose (see section 4.4).

4.3 Contraindications

Hypersensitivity to metoclopramide or any of the excipients listed in section 6.1. When the stimulation of gastrointestinal motility constitutes a danger: gastrointestinal bleeding, mechanical obstruction or perforation.

Among carriers, known or suspected pheochromocytoma because of the risk of episodes of severe hypertension.

Antecedent known of tardive dyskinesia with neuroleptics or metoclopramide.

Epilepsy (increased crises frequency and intensity)

Parkinson's disease

Combination with levodopa or dopaminergic agonists (see section 4.5)

Known history of methaemoglobinaemia with metoclopramide or NADH cytochrome-b5 Reductase deficiency .

Use in children less than 1 year of age due to an increased risk of extrapyramidal disorders (see section 4.4)

4.4 Special warnings and precautions for use

Neurological Disorders

Extrapyramidal disorders may occur, particularly in children and young adults and/or when high doses are used These reactions occur usually at the beginning of the treatment and can occur after a single administration. Metoclopramide should be discontinued immediately in the event of extrapyramidal symptoms. These effects are generally completely reversible after treatment discontinuation, but may require a symptomatic treatment (benzodiazepines in children and/or anticholinergic anti-Parkinsonian medicinal products in adults).

The time interval (at least 6 hours) specified for children in the dosage section between each metoclopramide administration, even in case of vomitingand rejection of the dose, in order to avoid overdose.

Prolonged treatment with metoclopramide may cause tardive dyskinesia, potentially irreversible, especially in the elderly. Treatment should not exceed 3 months because of the risk of tardive dyskinesia (see section 4.8). Treatment must be discontinued if clinical signs of tardive dyskinesia appear.

The neuroleptic malignant syndrome has been reported with metoclopramide in combination with neuroleptics as well as with metoclopramide monotherapy (see section 4.8 Undesirable effects). Metoclopramide should be discontinued immediately in the event of symptoms of neuroleptic malignant syndrome and appropriate treatment should be initiated.

Special care should be exercised in patients with underlying neurological conditions and in patients being treated with other centrally-acting drugs (see section 4.3)

Symptoms of Parkinson's disease may also be exacerbated by metoclopramide.


Methemoglobinemia which could be related to NADH cytochrome b5 reductase deficiency has been reported. In such cases, metoclopramide should be immediately and permanently discontinued and appropriate measures initiated (such as treatment with methylene blue).

Cardiac Disorders

There have been reports of serious cardiovascular undesirable effects including cases of circulatory collapse, severe bradycardia, cardiac arrest and QT prolongation following administration of metoclopramide by injection, particularly via the intravenous route (see section 4.8).

Special care should be taken when administering metoclopramide, particularly via the intravenous route to the elderly population, to patients with cardiac conduction disturbances (including QT prolongation), patients with uncorrected electrolyte imbalance, bradycardia and those taking other drugs known to prolong QT interval.

Intravenous doses should be administered as a slow bolus (at least over 3 minutes) in order to reduce the risk of adverse effects (e.g. hypotension, akathisia).

Renal and Hepatic Impairment

In patients with renal impairment or with severe hepatic impairment, a dose reduction is recommended (see section 4.2).

Metoclopramide may cause elevation of serum prolactin levels.

Care should be exercised when using Maxolon in patients with a history of atopy (including asthma) or porphyria.

Special care should be taken when administering Maxolon intravenously to patients with “sick sinus syndrome” or other cardiac conduction disturbances.

4.5 Interaction with other medicinal products and other forms of interaction

Contraindicated combination

Levodopa or dopaminergic agonists and metoclopramide have a mutual antagonism (see section 4.3).

Combination to be avoided

Alcohol potentiates the sedative effect of metoclopramide.

Combination to be taken into account

Due to the prokinetic effect of metoclopramide, the absorption of certain drugs may be modified.

Anticholinergics and morphine derivatives

Anticholinergics and morphine derivatives may have both a mutual antagonism with metoclopramide on the digestive tract motility.

Central nervous system depressants (morphine derivatives, anxiolytics, sedative H1 antihistamines, sedative antidepressants, barbiturates, clonidine and related)

Sedative effects of Central Nervous System depressants and metoclopramide are potentiated.


Metoclopramide may have an additive effect with other neuroleptics on the occurrence of extrapyramidal disorders.

Serotonergic drugs

The use of metoclopramide with serotonergic drugs may increase the risk of serotonin syndrome.


Metoclopramide may decrease digoxin bioavailability. Careful monitoring of digoxin plasma concentration is required.


Metoclopramide increases cyclosporine bioavailability (Cmax by 46% and exposure by 22%). Careful monitoring of cyclosporine plasma concentration is required. The clinical consequence is uncertain.

Mivacurium and suxamethonium

Metoclopramide injection may prolong the duration of neuromuscular block (through inhibition of plasma cholinesterase).

Strong CYP2D6 inhibitors

Metoclopramide exposure levels are increased when co-administered with strong CYP2D6 inhibitors such as fluoxetine and paroxetine. Although the clinical significance is uncertain, patients should be monitored for adverse reactions.

4.6 Fertility, pregnancy and lactation


A large amount of data on pregnant women (more than 1000 exposed outcomes) indicates no malformative toxicity nor fetotoxicity. Metoclopramide can be used during pregnancy if clinically needed. Due to pharmacological properties (as other neuroleptics), in case of metoclopramide administration at the end of pregnancy, extrapyramidal syndrome in the newborn cannot be excluded. Metoclopramide should be avoided at the end of pregnancy. If metoclopramide is used, neonatal monitoring should be undertaken.


Metoclopramide is excreted in breast milk at a low level. Adverse reactions in the breast-fed baby cannot be excluded. Therefore metoclopramide is not recommended during breastfeeding. Discontinuation of metoclopramide in breastfeeding women should be considered.


No human data on the effect of Metoclopramide on fertility are available.

4.7 Effects on ability to drive and use machines

Metoclopramide may cause side effects including drowsiness, dyskinesia, dystonias and visual disturbances which could interfere with the ability to drive or operate machinery (see also section 4.8 Undesirable effects).

4.8 Undesirable effects

Adverse reactions listed by System Organ Class. Frequencies are defined using the following convention: very common (≥1/10), common (≥1/100, <1/10), uncommon (≥1/1000, <1/100), rare (≥1/10000, <1/1000), very rare (<1/10000), not known (cannot be estimated from the available data).

System Organ Class


Adverse reactions

Blood and lymphatic system disorders

Not known

Methaemoglobinaemia, which could be related to NADH cytochrome b5 reductase deficiency, particularly in neonates (see section 4.4)

Sulfhaemoglobinaemia, mainly with concomitant administration of high doses of sulphur-releasing medicinal products

Cardiac disorders


Bradycardia, especially with intravenous preparations

Not Known

Cardiac arrest, occurring shortly after injectable use, and that may follow bradycardia (see Section 4.4); atrioventricular block, sinus pause especially in intravenous preparations; extended Electrocardiogram QT; Torsades de pointes;

Endocrine disorders


Amenorrhea, hyperprolactinemia



Not known


Gastrointestinal disorders



General disorders and administration site conditions



Not Known

Injection site inflammation and local phlebitis

Immune system disorders



Not known

Anaphylactic reaction (including anaphylactic shock, especially in intravenous preparations)

Nervous system disorders

Very common



Extrapyramidal disorder (especially in children and young adults and / or when the recommended dose is exceeded, even after administration of a single dose of drug) (see section 4.4)

Parkinson-like symptoms, akathisia


Dystonia (including visual disturbances and oculogyric crisis), dyskinesia, decreased consciousness


Convulsion especially in epileptic patients

Not known

Tardive dyskinesia which may be persistent, during or after long-term treatment, especially in elderly patients (see section 4.4), malignant neuroleptic syndrome (see section 4.4)

Mental disorders






Confused state

Not known

Suicidal ideation

Vascular disorders


Hypotension, especially in intravenous preparations

Not known

Shock, syncope (fainting) following injectable use. Acute hypertension in patients with pheochromocytoma (see section 4.3) Transient increase in blood pressure

Skin disorder

Not known

Skin reactions such as rash, pruritus, angioedema and urticaria

* Endocrine disorders during long-term treatment with regard to hyperprolactinemia

(amenorrhea, galactorrhea, gynecomastia).

The following reactions, sometimes associated, occur more frequently when high doses areused:

-Extrapyramidal symptoms: acute dystonia and dyskinesia, parkinsonian syndrome, akathisia, even after administration of a single dose of the drug, especially in children andyoung adults (see section 4.4).

- Sleepiness, reduced consciousness, confusion, and hallucination

Reporting of suspected adverse reactions

Reporting suspected adverse reactions is an important way to gather more information to continuously monitor the benefit/risk balance of the medicinal product. Any suspected adverse reactions should be reported via the Yellow Card Scheme. Website:

4.9 Overdose


Extrapyramidal disorder, somnolence, decreased consciousness, confusion, hallucination, and cardio-respiratory arrest may occur.


In the case of extrapyramidal symptoms, whether or not related to overdosing, it is the only symptomatic treatment (benzodiazepines in children and / or anticholinergic drugs against the Parkinson's disease in adults).

Symptomatic treatment and continuous monitoring of cardiovascular and respiratory functions should be guided by the clinical condition.

5. Pharmacological properties
5.1 Pharmacodynamic properties

Pharmacotherapeutic group: Preparations for nausea / vomiting.

ATC code: A03F A01.

Metoclopramide is a substituted benzamide. It is used, among other things because of the anti- emetic properties. The anti-emetic effect is the result of two mechanisms acting on the central level:

- antagonism of the dopamine D2 receptors in the chemoceptor trigger zone and in the vomiting center in the medulla involved in vomiting induced by apomorphine;

- antagonism of the serotonergic 5HT3 receptors and agonism of the 5HT4 receptors involved in vomiting induced by chemotherapy.

In addition to the central working, has metoclopramide through a peripheral mechanism of action a stimulating effect on the digestive motility. There is an anti-dopaminergic effect and a reinforcement of the action of acetylcholine. As a result, an accelerated gastric emptying takes place and there is a increasing the pressure of the lower esophageal sphincter. Metoclopramide has no influence on the gastric secretion.

5.2 Pharmacokinetic properties

After intramuscular administration, the relative bioavailability as compared to the intravenous application of 60 to 100%. Peak plasma levels are reached within 0.5 to 2 hours.

The volume of distribution is 2-3 l / kg; 13-22% is bound to plasma proteins.

Metoclopramide is excreted primarily in the urine, both in the natural form as in sulphate or glucuronide form. The main metabolite is N-4 Sulphur conjugate.

The plasma elimination half-life is 5 to 6 hours, regardless of route of administration.

Renal impairment

The clearance of metoclopramide has been reduced to 70% in patients with severe renal impairment, while the plasma elimination half-life is increased (approximately 10 hours at a creatinine clearance 10-50 ml / minute and 15 hours at a creatinine clearance <10 mL / minute).

Hepatic impairment

In patients with cirrhosis of the liver accumulation of metoclopramide was observed, accompanied with a 50% reduction in plasma.

5.3 Preclinical safety data

“There are no non-clinical findings of relevance for the prescriber no already described in other relevant sections of the SmPC.”

6. Pharmaceutical particulars
6.1 List of excipients

Citric Acid Monohydrate (E330)

Sodium citrate (E331)

Sodium chloride

Sodium hydroxide (E524) (for pH adjustment)

Hydrochloric acid (E507) (for pH adjustment)

Water for injections

6.2 Incompatibilities

The medicinal product must not be mixed with other medicinal products except those mentioned in section 6.6

6.3 Shelf life

Before Opening: 2 Years

Chemical and physical in-use stability has been demonstrated for 24 hrs at 25˚ C.

From a microbiology point of view, the product should be used immediately. If not used immediately, in-use storage times and conditions prior to used are the responsibility of the user and would normally not be longer than 24 hrs at 2 to 8˚ C, unless reconstitution has taken place in controlled and validated aseptic condition.

6.4 Special precautions for storage

Store ampoule in the original package in order to protect from light.

Do not store in the refrigerator or freezer

For storage conditions after first opening of the medicinal product, see section 6.3

6.5 Nature and contents of container

Type I clear glass ampoule of 2 ml fill volume and 10 mL fill volume.

Metoclopramide 5mg/ml solution for injection is available in glass ampoule containing 2 ml solution and 10 mL solution which are packed in blister and further packed in cardboard boxpack as below:

5 x 2 mL, 10 x 2 mL and 25 x 2 mL

5 x 10 mL and 10 x 10 mL.

Not all pack sizes may be marketed.

6.6 Special precautions for disposal and other handling

If only part of an ampoule is used, discard the remaining solution.

After opening: from a microbiological point of view, the product should be used immediately. If not used immediately, in-use storage times and conditions are the responsibility of the user.

Any unused medicinal product or waste material should be disposed of in accordance with local requirements.

Metoclopramide 5 mg/ml solution for injection is compatible with the following solutions for infusion for 24 hours:

1) 0.9 % Sodium Chloride Injection

2) 5% Dextrose Injection

3) 4% Dextrose in 0.18 % Sodium chloride

4) Ringer lactate solution

7. Marketing authorisation holder

Baxter Healthcare Limited

Caxton Way

Thetford, Norfolk IP24 3SE, United Kingdom

8. Marketing authorisation number(s)

PL 00116/0694

9. Date of first authorisation/renewal of the authorisation


10. Date of revision of the text