Which medications are used to treat gastroparesis in diabetic neuropathy?

Updated: Jan 08, 2019
  • Author: Dianna Quan, MD; Chief Editor: Romesh Khardori, MD, PhD, FACP  more...
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Erythromycin and metoclopramide are used to treat diabetic gastroparesis. Additionally, MiraLax (polyethylene glycol 3350) is gaining increasing popularity as the first-line agent for severe constipation and lower motor unit bowel. [46]

A newer agent, tegaserod (Zelnorm), may be helpful in patients with chronic ileus. In early 2010, however, tegaserod marketing was suspended because of a meta-analysis showing an excess number of serious cardiovascular adverse events, including angina, myocardial infarction, and stroke, in those taking tegaserod compared with placebo. Tegaserod is currently available only on an emergency basis. For more information, see the FDA Postmarket Drug Safety Information for Patients and Providers.


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