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Viola Purcell can’t even drink a bottle of water without choking. She twitches uncontrollably and has trouble breathing and eating. She says it all started after her doctor prescribed a generic drug for acid reflux.

“I was a happy person and I liked to smile, and I can’t smile now,” she said, breaking into tears. “There’s no smile in there.”

She took the prescription drug, metoclopramide, for more than five years, thinking it was safe.

“The doctor told me that ‘this is going to make you feel better,'” Purcell said. “But it didn’t; it only got worse.”

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