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Maxolon is a medication primarily used to treat nausea and vomiting.

Last Modified: 09 May 2024

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What is Maxolon? 

Maxolon is a medication primarily used to treat nausea and vomiting. Its active ingredient is metoclopramide, which works by blocking dopamine receptors in the brain and the gut and increasing gastrointestinal motility. 

Maxolon contains metoclopramide hydrochloride as the active component, which is effective in as gastroprokinetic and antiemetic treatments. 

Metoclopramide is synthetically manufactured and has a benzamide structure, similar to procainamide, with a substituted amino group.

Global Name

Generic name:  Metoclopramide
Brand names:  Maxolon, Reglan, Metamide, Plasil, Primperan 



What is Maxolon used for? 

Maxolon is used for short-term treatment of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), delayed gastric emptying, and prevention of nausea and vomiting from chemotherapy, surgery, or other conditions. 


How do you use Maxolon? 


Maxolon is available in tablet form, oral solution, and injectable forms. 

Dosage information: 

  • Adults: Typical dose is 10 mg, taken up to 30 minutes before meals and at bedtime, depending on the condition. 
  • Children: Dosage is adjusted based on weight and condition. 


  • Children: Yes, but dosage should be carefully adjusted; for use in children one (1) year old and above. 
  • Adults: Yes, following appropriate medical guidance. 
  • Elderlies: Lower dosages may be needed due to potential increased sensitivity. 
  • Pregnancy and Lactation: Use only if clearly needed and prescribed by a healthcare provider. 

Is there anyone who can’t take Maxolon? 

  • Children: Not recommended for children less than 1 year old 
  • Adults: Avoid use in patients with pheochromocytoma, gastrointestinal bleeding, Parkinson’s disease, bowel obstruction and known hypersensitivity to Maxolon or its components.  
  • Elderlies: Increased risk of side effects; use with caution. 

Any warnings and precautions : 

Long-term use can lead to tardive dyskinesia, a serious movement disorder characterized by involuntary, repetitive muscle movements. Maxolon should be taken exactly as prescribed and for the shortest duration necessary. 

Drug and Food Interactions: 

Maxolon interacts with antipsychotic and anti-depressant medications that can increase the side effects of dizziness, drowsiness and confusion and can potentiate the depressant effects of alcohol.

Side Effects

Side effects can include drowsiness, restlessness, fatigue, and, rarely, tardive dyskinesia. 

Pharmacist Tips

  • Monitoring: Be aware of any involuntary muscle movements or changes in mood and report these to your healthcare provider promptly. 
  • Meal Timing: Take Maxolon 30 minutes before meals to aid digestion and prevent nausea. 
  • Storage Information: Store at room temperature away from light and moisture. 
  • Handling Instructions: If using the oral solution, measure with the provided dosing syringe or a pharmacy-provided dose-measuring device, not with a household spoon. 


Where is Maxolon available in Hong Kong?

Maxolon is a prescription medication that can be prescribed by healthcare providers and then bought in pharmacies. 



Can I drive after taking Maxolon?

Exercise caution, as Maxolon can cause drowsiness. 

How long does Maxolon take to work?

Maxolon typically starts working within 30 to 60 minutes. 

Is Maxolon available for purchase over the counter?

No, Maxolon requires a prescription from a healthcare provider. 

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