Lemme see if I can address all your concerns and questions. . .Domperidone vs. Reglan
As you know, they are both stomach medications that have a side effect of decreasing dopamine levels in your body, which causes prolactin levels to increase. Reglan works by decreasing dopamine levels throughout all the tissues of your body, including your brain. This is why depression, which is brought on by low dopamine levels in your brain, is a major side effect of Reglan. So much so, in fact, that my OB would not allow me to take it longer than 10 days. If I remember correctly, in clinical studies, something like 50% of people who took Reglan for 6 weeks or longer developed depression.
Domperidone, on the other hand, does not decrease dopamine levels in your brain because it does not cross the blood-brain barrier. Because of this, depression is fairly uncommon with Domperidone and why it's much safer to take it continuously. Eventhough I've recovered from PPD, I'm still taking Domperidone with no effect.
I am not terribly familiar with the other possible side effects of either Reglan or Domperidone, but when people talk about "side effects" of these two drugs, they are mainly referring to depression. I have not suffered any other problems with either Reglan or Domperidone, though I believe some people experience stomach upset or digestive disturbance. In these cases, I'm not sure if Reglan varies considerably from Domperidone or not.Purchasing Domperidone
I have been purchasing my domperidone from www.globaldrug.tv
and have had nothing but success. Their customer service is wonderful, they ship out quickly, and my drugs have arrived in blisterpacks from the original manufacturer. Everything occured as expected. In the occasional instance that customs seizes the drug, they will send out another shipment free of charge. My experience has been nothing but positive.
Remember, domperidone is used widely throughout the world. Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and many European countries use domperidone extensively and it's been proven to be fairly safe, much safer than Reglan. Both Dr. Hale and Dr. Newmann have both said that they prefer domperidone over Relgan.
In the US, the FDA has banned the sale of domperidone but my doctor and I personall believe this is due to political reasons. However, they have NOT banned MDs from writing prescriptions for the drug. That means that a doctor may write a prescription for domperidone, but it's up to you to find someone to fill it for you.
If you want to purchase domperidone in the US, then your only option is to find a local compounding pharmacy. These pharmacies "create" drugs and can easily make domperidone for you. However, because of the FDA ban, many are hush-hush about it to avoid getting in trouble. But visiting them in person and speaking with the pharmacist, you might be able to find one in your area who is willing to make it for you. They will need a script from your doctor in order to do so.
Another option is to purchase it from Canada. One such place is www.canadadrugs.com
. Their prices aren't as good as globaldrug.tv, but may be a bit more "legit" to you, especially because they also require a script. My doctor recommend I go this route, but that was mainly because she didn't know about globaldrug.tv.
But, if you can't get your doctor or midwife to write a script, then your only option is to get it online from a site like globaldrug.tv which does not require a script. But assuredly, it's the same stuff for sale in New Zealand (the little island in which their located is right off the coast of NZ).
Hope this helps!