They may be mentally healthy and intellectually normal – you can’t tell from looking at them whether their thinking is affected as well as their body.
The side effects of Reglan can look like Tourette’s Syndrome, Parkinson’s Disease, Huntington’s Chorea and other neurological disorders. Some symptoms typically occur early in treatment, like akathisia and acute dystonia; these may be eliminated by discontinuing treatment or using medication to treat the side effect. Some typically occur later in treatment and may not go away if treated or when Reglan is stopped, like tardive dyskinesia (TD).
Akathisia is experienced as an inner restlessness and as a need to constantly move. Often the person seems to move and fidget a lot. It is a cousin of restless leg syndrome. Acute dystonia can cause painful muscle contractions that last a long time; these may occur in the neck, the eyes, and the torso. Patients who experience early symptoms are more apt to develop later symptoms. Older women are also at higher risk for the development of TD. TD is a constellation of involuntary muscle twitching or movements, first beginning in the mouth and face and later involving other parts of the body, including swallowing.