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Last updated on June 27, 2019.

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GENERIC NAME: Metoclopramide 


COMMON BRANDS IN HONG KONG: Primperan, Syntomide, Metolon

What is Metoclopramide for?

Metoclopramide works by blocking dopamine and hence accelerates stomach emptying and movement of the upper intestines. It is therefore used to treat conditions affecting the stomach and intestines such as nausea and vomiting, including those induced by chemotherapy or radiotherapy, as a prevention of postoperative nausea and vomiting, acute migraine, and diabetic gastroparesis. 

How to use it?

For most uses, the adult dosage is 10 mg up to 3 times daily if taken orally. For acute migraine, the adult dosage is 10 mg for 1 dose as soon as migraine symptoms develop when taken orally, by intramuscular injection, or by slow intravenous injection.

What are the side effects of Metoclopramide?

Common side effects of Metoclopramide include diarrhoea and drowsiness. High doses of Metoclopramide can cause rare side effects like movement problems.

Where to buy Metoclopramide in Hong Kong?

In Hong Kong, Metoclopramide is a prescription only medicine, and requires a prescription from a doctor to be purchased in a pharmacy. It can also be obtained from doctors. To find a pharmacy near you, refer to the list of pharmacies

For more information about drug names and ingredients, you can visit Hong Kong’s Drug Office at

For detailed information about the use of Metoclopramide in children, pregnancy and breastfeeding, and for questions about drug interactions, please check with your pharmacist or doctor.

Disclaimer: our goal is to provide you with the most relevant drug information and common dosage for Hong Kong. This information does not constitute medical advice. For specific treatment recommendations and advice, always discuss with your doctor or pharmacist, and follow the instructions included with your specific medicine.