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News and updates from
  1. Andrew Wilcock1 and
  2. Sarah Charlesworth2
  1. 1Department of Palliative Medicine, University of Nottingham, Nottingham, UK
  2. 2Hayward House Study Centre,, Nottingham, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr Andrew Wilcock, Department of Palliative Medicine, University of Nottingham, Nottingham NG5 1PB, UK; andrew.wilcock{at}

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Safety updates

Domperidone restrictions

The European Medicines Agency (EMA) has recommended changes to the indications, dose and duration of use of domperidone in adults and children following a review. This follows concerns highlighted in 2012 that domperidone is associated with a small increased risk of serious cardiac undesirable effects. Domperidone is now:

  • Indicated for nausea and vomiting only, all other uses are unauthorised.

  • Contraindicated in patients:

    • Where cardiac conduction is, or could be, impaired;

    • With underlying cardiac disease, for example, chronic heart failure;

    • With severe hepatic impairment;

    • Concurrently receiving drugs known to be CYP3A4 inhibitors and/or cause QT prolongation.

In addition, domperidone:

  • Should be used at the …

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