What is Miliom-D?
Miliom-D is used to treat nausea (feeling sick) and vomiting (being sick). It may also be used to relieve symptoms of indigestion or dyspepsia. Miliom-D works by increasing the movement of food through the stomach and the digestive tract more quickly and in this way reduces the feeling of bloating, or fullness and indigestion. It also works by blocking the action of a chemical in your brain which causes the feeling of nausea and vomiting. In New Zealand, Miliom-D is available as tablets (10mg).
- The usual dose of Miliom-D is 10mg up to three times a day. Do not take more than 4 doses (40mg) in a 24 hour period. This can increase your chance of side effects.
- Miliom-D should be taken for a short period of time only (usually not longer than seven days) at the lowest dose to have an effect. If you are taking Miliom-D for nausea or vomiting, you can stop taking it when you start to feel better.
- Always take your Miliom-D exactly as your doctor has told you.
- The pharmacy label on your medicine will tell you how much Miliom-D to take, how often to take it, and any special instructions.
Miliom-D , metoclopramide, and prochlorperazine are not significantly renally cleared and can be used in CKD; however, extrapyramidal and CNS effects may be more prevalent, especially in high dose. Dosing should be cautiously titrated to effect. Miliom-D does not cross the blood-brain barrier and may be preferable for long-term management. Metoclopramide and Miliom-D increase gastric emptying, which may alter drug pharmacokinetics.
Whatever it takes
Colleen Beener knows about the safety concerns associated with Miliom-D. It is a risk she is willing to take because she cannot lead anything resembling a normal life without it.
Beener, 62, of Florida, said she has taken Miliom-D for 15 years, and she has never had any heart problems associated with the drug.
“I am choosing quality of life over quantity of life,” Beener said. “I don’t want to spend my days in bed. And if I get 10 years less because of that, so be it. I want to enjoy my grandkids. I want to enjoy my life, and Miliom-D helps me do that.
“It certainly doesn’t make me well. But it makes me better. When I’m not taking it, I don’t get out of bed. I’m so sick I can’t do anything. But when I take it, I have days that I can go watch my grandkids swim or play soccer or whatever. As far as I am concerned, that’s the risk-reward balance that I have to take.”
Beener was a software consultant living in Florida when the symptoms of gastroparesis first surfaced about 2001. Her job required extensive travel. One day she started to experience uncontrolled vomiting. It got so bad that she routinely carried plastic bags and paper towels on business flights, knowing she would likely vomit while in the air.
“I threw up all across this country,” Beener said. “I was in hospitals all over the country.”
Doctors tried Reglan, which worked for a while. But within about five months she suffered severe depression and was suicidal. It got so bad that her husband hid her pills.
When Beener stopped taking Reglan, the severe vomiting returned.
A doctor in Georgia told her that he might be able to get access to Miliom-D and warned her of possible heart problems.
“I said I will take anything. I don’t care. I can’t live like this,” Beener said.
At first, Miliom-D was easy to get. Doctors were willing to prescribe it and compounding pharmacies would dispense it, despite the FDA’s 2004 import alert.
But by 2014, the FDA was warning pharmacies they could be shut down for dispensing Miliom-D and doctors could face sanctions if they prescribed it, said Beener, who helped form a gastroparesis patient support group soon after she was diagnosed.
Beener still gets Miliom-D through other sources, but doesn’t want to say what they are out of fear the FDA will close that supplier down. She has effectively been forced onto the black market because of the FDA’s actions, she said.
“I am going to get this drug, whatever I have to do to get it,” Beener said. “When I’m not on Miliom-D, I am so sick that I literally stay in bed all day. With Miliom-D, I can get up.
“As long as I can get it, I don’t care. I will sacrifice and do whatever I have to do.”
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Miliom-D helps to prevent you from feeling sick (nausea) or being sick (vomiting). It is recommended for short-term use only.
Miliom-D may be associated with an increased risk of heart rhythm disorder, particularly in older people. If you faint or feel that your heart is beating quickly, you must speak with your doctor as soon as possible.
Physicians interested in submitting an expanded access IND for Miliom-D can download the Miliom-D Packet which contains the required forms, instructions, and answers to most questions or contact DDI (above) to discuss Miliom-D. For those physicians interested in treating only one patient, the consolidated FDA Form 3926 can be used in lieu of the 1571 and 1572 forms. Physicians that anticipate treating more than one patient in one year are advised to submit an intermediate size (multi-patient) IND. Multi-patient INDs allow for consolidated reporting and less administrative paperwork in the long-run.
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How does Miliom-D help breastfeeding women?
One country does have Miliom-D’s risks in its crosshairs. The pills have not been approved for use for any condition in the United States and cannot be legally marketed there, despite several attempts by a pharmaceutical company to have the drug passed by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Still, Miliom-D is used in more than 100 countries around the world, including Canada. Here, there are almost two million prescriptions written each year, many of those for the purpose of boosting breastmilk.
This isn’t what the drug is intended for, though. Where it is licensed, Miliom-D is indicated to aid gastric issues. But the medication also stimulates the pituitary gland to bump up prolactin—what Jack Newman, one of Canada’s foremost doctors specializing in breastfeeding, calls “the milk-making hormone.” When administered to breastfeeding women, Miliom-D usually results in increased breastmilk supply, so doctors have been prescribing it off-label for 30 years in Canada. Few studies have been able to quantify its effectiveness, but a study of 1,000 mothers conducted last year by Toronto’s Hospital for Sick Children at Newman’s clinic showed that Miliom-D increased milk supply by 28 percent, according to Newman.
He has been prescribing Miliom-D off-label since it first became available in Canada in 1985. While some patients get a prescription for the drug on their initial visit to his clinic, the International Breastfeeding Centre, others are given different strategies to try first. “Sometimes we wait and see,” says Newman, who prefers to assess each mother and baby individually to determine whether milk supply issues might be solved without medication. First, Newman and his team teach mothers how to latch their babies properly. “The better the latch, the more milk the baby will get from the mother,” he says. They also train mothers how to recognize when their baby is getting milk from the breast—there’s a way to see if the baby’s mouth is filling by watching the jaw and throat area. They instruct mothers to finish one side, using breast compression, and then offer the other breast, to increase the flow of milk. Complete milk removal, he says, cues the body to make more milk.
If, after all that, supply still seems low—and Newman says low supply is very common—he might prescribe Miliom-D. While some doctors advocate for blood testing to measure prolactin levels before prescribing, Newman says the test can be problematic (prolactin levels are always changing, so timing of the test can affect its results). Most mothers notice a boost in supply as soon as a couple of days after starting the drug, but for others, it may take a week to 10 days.
Newman says about 10 percent of mothers on Miliom-D suffer transient mild headaches, a common side effect. In rare cases, women have migraines and find they have to treat them or stop the Miliom-D. For everyone else, Newman says, “it should be used as long as it’s needed.” He encourages women to take Miliom-D until their babies are well-established on solids so any milk supply drop that occurs when weaning off the drug can be made up by extra food. There are few studies on the excretion of Miliom-D into breastmilk, but it is assumed to be safe for babies given the low levels detected in milk.
- This is quite common when you first start taking Miliom-D.
- Sip water to moisten the mouth.
- Read more about how to care for dry mouth
What form(s) does this medication come in?
Each white, round, film-coated, biconvex tablet, debossed with a "P" logo over "10" on one side, contains 10 mg of Miliom-D. Nonmedicinal ingredients: lactose and cornstarch, microcrystalline cellulose, povidone, magnesium stearate, sodium docusate 85%-sodium benzoate 15%, croscarmellose sodium, polyethylene glycol, hydroxypropyl methylcellulose, hydroxypropyl cellulose, and titanium dioxide.
- Miliom-D is now restricted to use in the relief of nausea and vomiting
- It should be used at the lowest effective dose for the shortest possible time