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Domperidone, also known by the brand name Motilium, can no longer be bought without a prescription because of the small risk that it may cause heart problems in some people. If you have recently bought Motilium 10 or Motilium Instants without a prescription and want to continue taking them, speak to your pharmacist or doctor at your next routine visit. If you want to stop them then your pharmacist or doctor can advise you on suitable alternatives. If you have been prescribed domperidone, there is no need to stop taking it and you should continue as directed. However, it is important that you speak to a doctor straight away if you experience dizziness, fainting, chest pain, or a rapid, fluttering or pounding heartbeat while taking it. If you have any questions about the contents of this alert or your treatment with domperidone you should discuss them with a pharmacist or doctor.

Motilium No Longer Available Over the Counter Without a Prescription

Following a safety review, the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) has ruled that domperidone (Motilium) will now be available as a prescription only medicine (POM) and can no longer be purchased over the counter from a pharmacy. An earlier review had linked domperidone to a small increased risk of potentially life-threatening effects on the heart, and as a result its use was restricted to the treatment of nausea and vomiting, although it was still available to buy over the counter. This latest review recommends that medical supervision is needed. As a result of the new status of domperidone, all over the counter packs of Motilium 10 and Motilium Instants are being recalled. Anyone who has bought a packet of Motilium 10 or Motilium Instants and wants to continue taking them should speak to their pharmacist or doctor at their next routine visit.

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Source: MHRA
Publication Date: 2014-09-05
Last Updated: 2014-09-05

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