Drugs , Gastrointestinal System / October 20, 2016

Class: Gastrointestinal System
Dosage Form: Tablets
Description: Antiemetic and gastroprokinetic
Stock: Available
Manufacturer: Janssen-Cilag


Domeperidone maleate…………………………….10 mg
Effervescent Granules:
Domeperidone maleate…………………………….10 mg
Oral Suspension (per 1 ml):
Domeperidone maleate…………………………….10 mg
Domeperidone maleate……………..10, 30 or 60 mg


Domperidone is a dopamine antagonist with anti-emetic properties similar to those of metoclopramide and certain neuroleptic drugs. Unlike these other drugs, however, domperidone does not readily cross the blood-brain barrier. In domperidone uers, especially adults, extrapyramidal side effects are very rare, but domperidone promotes the release of prolactin from the pituitary.
Its anti-emetic affect may be due to a combination of peripheral (gastrokinetic) effects and antagonism of dopamine receptors in the chemoreceptor trigger zone, which lies outside the blood-brain barrier in the area postrema. Animal studies, together with the low concentrating found in the brain, indicate a predominantly peripheral effect of domperidone on dopamine receptors.
Studies in man have shown oral domperidone to increase the duration of antral and duodenal contractions, to increase the gastric emptying of liquids and semi-solids in healthy subjects and of solids in patients in whom it was delayed, and to increase lower esophageal sphincter pressure in healthy subjects. It has no effect on gastric secretion.

In fasting subjects, domperidone is rapidly absorbed after oral administration, with peak plasma concentrations at approximately 1 hour. The low absolute bioavailability of oral domperidone (approximately 15%) is due to an extensive first-pass metabolism in the gut wall and liver. Although domperidone’s bioavailability is enhanced in normal subjects when taken after a meal, patients with gastro-intestinal complaints should take domperidone 15-30 minutes before a meal. Reduced gastric acidity impairs the absorption of domperidone.
Oral bioavailability is decreased by prior administration of cimetidine of sodium bicarbonate. The time of peak absorption is slightly delayed and the AUC somewhat increase when the oral drug is taken after a meal.
Oral domperidone does not appear to accumulate or to induce its own metabolism; a peak plasma level after 90 minutes of 21 ng/ml after two weeks oral administration of 30 mg per day was almost the same as that of 18 ng/ml after the first dose. Domperidone is 91-93% bound to plasma proteins. Distribution studies with radiolabelled drug in animals have shown wide tissue distribution, but low brain concentration. Small amounts of durg cross the placenta in rats.
Domperidone concentrations in breast milk of lactating women are 4 times lower than corresponding plasma concentrations.
Domperidone undergoes rapid and extensive hepatic metabolism by hydroxylation and N-dealkylation. In vtiro metabolism experiments with diagnostic inhibitors revealed that CYP-3A4 is a major form of cytochrome P-450 involved in the N-dealkylation of domperidone, whereas CYP-3A4, CYP-1A2 and CYP-2E1 are involved in domperidone aromatic hydroxylation.
Urinary and faecal excretions amount to 31 and 66% of the oral dose, respectively. The proportion of the drug excreted unchanged in small (10% of faecal excretion and approximately 1% of urinary excretion).
The plasma half-life after a single oral dose is 7-9 hours in healthy subjects, but is prolonged in patients with severe renal insufficiency.


The dyspeptic symptom complex that is often associated with delayed gastric emptying, gastro-esophageal reflux and esophagitis:

  • Epigastric sense of fullness, early satiety, feeling of abdominal distension, upper abdominal pain
  • Bloating, eructation, flatulence
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Heartburn with or without regurgitations of gastric contents in the mouth

Nausea and vomiting of functional, organic, infections or dietectic origin or induced by radio therapy or drug therapy. A specific indications is nausea and vomiting induced by dopamine agonists, as usual in Parkinson’s disease (such as L-dopa and bromocriptine).


Motilium is contraindicated in patients with known intolerance to the drug. Motilium should not be used whenever stimulation of gastric motility might be dangerous, e.g. in the presence of gastrointestinal haemorrhage, mechanical obstruction or perforation.
Motilium is also contraindicated in patients with a prolactin-releasing pituitary tumor (prolactinoma).

Drug Interactions:

Concomitant administration of anticholinergic drugs may antagonize the anti-dyspeptic effect of Motilium.
Antacids and antisecretory drugs should not be given simultaneously with Motilium as they lower its oral bioavailability (see also “Warnings and Precautions”).
The main metabolic pathway of domperidone is through CYP-3A4. In vitro data suggest that the concomitant use of drugs that significantly inhibit this enzyme may result in increased plasma levels of domperidone. Examples of CYP-3A4 inhibitors include:

  • Azole antifungals
  • Macrolide antibiotics
  • HIV protease inhibitors
  • Nefazodone

Theoretically, since Motilium has gastro-kinetic effects it could influence the absorption of concomitantly orally administered drugs, particularly those with sustained release or enteric coated formulations. However, in patients already stabilised on digoxin or paracetamol, concomitant administration of domperidone did not influence the blood levels of these drugs.
Motilium may also be associated with:

  • Neuroletpics, the action of which it does not potentiate
  • Dopaminergic agonists (bromocriptine, L-dopa), whose unwanted peripheral effects such as digestive disorders, nausea and vomiting it suppresses without counteracting their central properties

Side Effects:

Side effects are rare; exceptionally some transient intestinal cramps hae been reported.
Extrapyramidal phenomena are rare in young children and exceptional in adults; they reverse spontaneously and completely as soon as the treatment is stopped.
As the pituitary gland is located outside the blood-brain barrier, Motilium may induce an increase in the plasma prolactin level. In rare cases, this hyperprolactinemia may give rise to neuro-enodocronological phenomena such as galactorrhoea and gynaecomastia.
When the blood-brain barrier is immature (as in infants) or impaired, the possible occurrence of neurological side effects can’t be totally excluded.
Rare allergic reactions, such as rash and urticaria, have also been reported.

Dosage and Administration:

1. Posology and Method of Administration:
a) Chronic dyspepsia: (mainly oral administration)

  • Adults: 10 mg (1 tablet, 1 sachet, or 10 ml) 3 times daily, 15-30 minutes before meals and, if necessary, once more before retiring
  • Children: Oral suspension, 2.5 ml per 10 kg body weight, 3 times daily before meals and, if necessary, once more in the evening
  • When results are not satisfactory, the above dosage may be doubled in adults and children over 1 year of age

b) Acute and subacute conditions: (particularly nausea and vomiting)

  • Adults:
    • Oral: 20 mg (2 tablets, 2 sachets or 20 ml) 3-4 times daily before meals and before bedtime.
    • Rectal: 2 to 4 suppositories “adults” (=60 mg) daily.
  • Children:
    • Oral: 2×2.5 ml per 10 kg body weight, 3-4 times daily before meals and before bedtime. This dose can be obtained by filling the pipette twice.
    • Rectal:
      • Up to 2 years: 1 suppository “babies” (10 mg) 2-4 times daily.
      • 2-4 years: 1 suppository “children” (30 mg) twice daily.
      • 4-6 years: 1 suppository “children” (30 mg) 3 times daily.
      • Older than 6 years: 1 suppository “children” (30 mg) 4 times daily.


  • Oral Motilium is recommended to be taken before meals. If taken after meals, absorption of the drug is somewhat delayed
  • The tablets are not intended to be administered to children below the age of 5 years
  • In patients with renal insufficiency, the dosing frequency should be reduced ( see “Warnings and Precautions”)
  • The suppositories should be inserted into an empty rectum. They should be inserted with the blunt end first as the form of the suppository is functionally determined: the anal sphincter will exert an inward pressure on the conical point of the suppository


Symptoms of overdosage may include drowsiness, disorientation and extrapyramidal reactions, especially in children.
In case of overdosage, the administration of activated charcoal, and close ibservation of the patient are recommended. Anticholinergicm anti-parkinson drugs or antihistmaines with anticholinergic properties may be helpful in controlling the extrapyramidal reactions.

Pregnancy and Lactation:

Domperidone given to animals at doses up to 160 mg/kg/day did not produce teratogenic effects.
However, as most medicines, Motilium should only be used during the first trimester of pregnancy if this is justified by the anticipated therapeutic benefit.
Up till now, there has been no evidence of any increase in the risk of malformations in humans.
The drug is excreted in breast milk of lactating rats (mostly as metabolites: peak concentration of 40 and 800 mg/ml after oral and IV administration of 2.5 mg/kg respectively). In women are domperidone concentrations in breast milk 4 times lower than corresponding plasma concentrations. It is not known whether is is harmful to teh newborn. Therefore, nursing is not recommended for mothers who are taking Motilium, unless the expected benefits outweigh any potential risk.


When antacids or antisecretory agents are used concomitantly, they should be taken after meals and not before meals, i.e. they should not be taken simultaneously with Motilium.

1. Use in infants:
Because the metabolic and blood-brain barrier functions are not fully developed during the first months of life, any drug should only be given to infants with great caution and under close medical supervision.
Since the typical absence of neurological side effects with Motilium is mainly due to it poor penetration through the blood-brain barrier, the possible occurrence of such effects can’t be totally excluded in infants under 1 year of age.

2. Use in liver disorders:
Since domperidone is highly metabolized in the liver, Motilium should be used with caution in patients with hepatic impairment.

3. Use in kidney disorders:
In patients with severe renal insufficiency (serum creatinine > 6 mg/100 ml, i.e. >0.6 mmol/l) the elimination half-life of domperidone was increased from 7.4 to 20.8 hours, but plasma drug levels were lower than in healthy volunteers. Since very little unchanged drug is excreted via the kidneys, it is unlikely that the dose of a single acute administration needs to be adjusted in patients with renal insufficiency. However, on repeated administration, the dosing frequency should be reduced to once or twice daily, depending on the severity of the impairment, and the dose may need to be reduced. Generally, patients on prolonged therapy should be reviewed regularly.


Blister packs containing 4 blisters of 10 tablets each of 10 mg.
Sachets of 3 g effervescent granules.
100 and 200 ml glass bottles with a measuring cup of 10 ml or a sucking pipette of 5 ml.
Box with “adult” suppositories of 60 mg.
Box with “children” supositories of 30 mg.
Box with “baby” supositories of 10 mg.


Store at room temperature, below 25°C.

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