Antimet Tablet, Syrup, Injection

Antimet blocks dopamine receptors and in higher doses, it also blocks serotonin receptors in chemoreceptor trigger zone of the CNS. It enhances the response to acetylcholine of tissue in upper GI tract causing enhanced motility and accelerated gastric emptying w/o stimulating gastric, biliary, or pancreatic secretions. It also increases lower esophageal sphincter tone.


Intubation of the small intestine, Premedication for radiologic examination of the upper gastrointestinal tract, Prophylaxis of chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting, Nausea and vomiting associated with cancer chemotherapy or radiotherapy, Diabetic gastric stasis, Gastro-oesophageal reflux disease, Diabetic gastric stasis, Prophylaxis of postoperative nausea and vomiting

Antimet is also used to associated treatment for these conditions: Chemotherapy-Induced Nausea and Vomiting (CINV), Diabetic Gastroparesis, Dyspepsia, Flatulence, Gastroesophageal Reflux, Gastroparesis, Hiccups, Hyperacidity, Migraine, Nausea and vomiting, Post Operative Nausea and Vomiting (PONV), Acute, recurrent Diabetic Gastroparesis, Gastric bezoar, Radiation therapy induced nausea and vomiting, Facilitation of small bowel intubation therapy, Gastric emptying for radiologic procedures

Trade Name Antimet
Generic Metoclopramide
Other Names Metoclopramida, Metoclopramide, Metoclopramidum
Weight 10mg, 5mg/5ml, 10mg/2ml
Type Tablet, Syrup, Injection
Formula C14H22ClN3O2
Weight Average: 299.796
Monoisotopic: 299.14005467
Protein binding

Metoclopramide is 30% bound to plasma proteins, mainly to alpha-1-acid glycoprotein.

Therapeutic Class Anti-emetic drugs, Prokinetic drugs
Manufacturer Square Pharmaceuticals Ltd
Available Country Bangladesh
Last Updated: June 23, 2021 at 11:22 am


Antimet dosage

Intravenous-Intubation of the small intestine, Premedication for radiologic examination of the upper gastrointestinal tract:

  • Adult: 10 mg as a single dose by slow inj over 1-2 min.
  • Child: <6 yr 0.1 mg/kg as a single dose; 6-14 yr 2.5-5 mg as a single dose.

Prophylaxis of chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting:

  • Adult: For highly emetogenic drugs/regimens: Initially, 2 mg/kg by slow inj over at least 15 min, 30 min before chemotherapy. Repeat 2 hrly for 2 doses, then 3 hrly for 3 doses. For less emetogenic drugs/regimens: 1 mg/kg may be used. Max duration: 5 days.


Nausea and vomiting associated with cancer chemotherapy or radiotherapy:

  • Adult: 10 mg, up to tid. Max duration: 5 days.

Diabetic gastric stasis:

  • Adult: 10 mg 4 times daily for 2-8 wk.

Gastro-oesophageal reflux disease:

  • Adult: 10-15 mg 4 times daily, depending on severity of symptoms. If symptoms are intermittent, may give single doses of 20 mg prior to provoking situation. Max duration: 12 wk.
  • Elderly: 5 mg/dose.


Diabetic gastric stasis:

  • Adult: 10 mg 4 times daily by IM inj or slow IV inj over 1-2 min for up to 10 days. Convert to oral admin when symptoms subside sufficiently.

Prophylaxis of postoperative nausea and vomiting:

  • Adult: 10 mg as a single dose by IM or slow IV inj over at least 3 min.
  • Child: 1-3 yr 10-14 kg: 1 mg tid; >3-5 yr 15-19 kg: 2 mg tid; >5-9 yr 20-29 kg: 2.5 mg tid; >9-18 yr 30-60 kg: 5 mg tid. Max duration: 48 hr.

Should be taken on an empty stomach. Take ½ hr before meals.

Side Effects

Extrapyramidal symptoms (usually acute dystonic reactions); parkinsonism; tardive dyskinesia; restlessness, drowsiness, dizziness, anxiety, confusion, tremor; hallucinations (rare); depression w/ suicidal ideation; hypotension, HTN, GI disturbances, dyspnoea, visual disturbances, urinary frequency and incontinence, headache; hypersensitivity reactions (rash, bronchospasm, angioedema); galactorrhoea or related disorders; blood disorders; transient increase in plasma-aldosterone concentration. IV: Cardiac conduction disorders, transient flushing of face and upper body (high dose).


Patients with underlying neurological conditions, cardiac conduction disturbances, uncorrected electrolyte imbalance, bradycardia. Renal and hepatic impairment. Elderly, childn. Pregnancy and lactation.


Antagonistic effect with anticholinergics and morphine derivatives. Potentiation of sedative effects with CNS depressants. Additive effect with other neuroleptics on the occurrence of extrapyramydal disorders. May increase the risk of serotonin syndrome with serotonergic drugs (e.g. SSRIs). May decrease digoxin bioavailability. May increase ciclosporin bioavailability. May prolong the neuromuscular blocking effect of mivacurium and suxamethonium. Increased exposure levels with strong CYP2D6 inhibitors (e.g. fluoxetine). May reduce plasma concentration of atovaquone.

Food Interaction

  • Avoid alcohol.
  • Take before a meal. Co-administration with food decreases bioavailability - take 30 minutes before meals.

Volume of Distribution

The volume of distribution of metoclopramide is approximately 3.5 L/kg. This implies a high level of tissue distribution. Antimet crosses the placental barrier and can cause extrapyramidal symptoms in the fetus.

Half Life

The mean elimination half-life of metoclopramide in people with healthy renal function ranges from 5 to 6 hours but is prolonged in patients with renal impairment. Downward dose adjustment should be considered.


The renal clearance of metoclopramide is 0.16 L/h/kg with a total clearance of 0.7 L/h/kg. Clinical studies showed that the clearance of metoclopramide may be reduced by up to 50% in patients with renal impairment. After high intravenous doses, total metoclopramide clearance ranged from 0.31 to 0.69 L/kg/h.

Pregnancy & Breastfeeding use

Category B: Either animal-reproduction studies have not demonstrated a foetal risk but there are no controlled studies in pregnant women or animal-reproduction studies have shown an adverse effect (other than a decrease in fertility) that was not confirmed in controlled studies in women in the 1st trimester (and there is no evidence of a risk in later trimesters).


GI haemorrhage, mechanical obstruction or GI perforation; confirmed or suspected pheochromocytoma; history of neuroleptic or metoclopramide-induced tardive dyskinesia; epilepsy, Parkinson's disease; history of methaemoglobinaemia with metoclopramide or of NADH cytochrome-b5 deficiency. Concomitant use with levodopa or dopaminergic agonists.

Acute Overdose

Symptoms: Extrapyramidal disorders, drowsiness, decreased level of consciousness, confusion, hallucination, cardiorespiratory arrest. 

Management: Symptomatic treatment with continuous monitoring of CV and resp functions. In case of extrapyramidal symptoms, treatment is symptomatic (benzodiazepines in childn and/or anticholinergic antiparkinsonian medicinal products in adults).

Storage Condition

Store between 20-25°C. Protect from light.

Antimet contains Metoclopramide see full prescribing information from innovator Monograph