BROCRIPTIN (PARLODEL) INDICATIONS
Brocriptin lowers prolactin levels. Prolactin is a hormone important for the production of breast milk and for normal fertility in women.
Brocriptin is sometimes used together with surgery or radiation in treating acromegaly, a condition caused by a pituitary gland tumor that produces too much growth hormone.
Bromocriptine may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.
BROCRIPTIN (PARLODEL) INSTRUCTIONS
Take exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Do not take in larger or smaller amounts or for longer than recommended. Follow the directions on your prescription label. Your doctor may occasionally change your dose to make sure you get the best results.
To be sure this medication is helping your condition and not causing harmful effects, your blood may need to be tested often. Your heart, blood pressure, vision, kidney function, or liver function may also need to be checked. Visit your doctor regularly.
BROCRIPTIN (PARLODEL) STORAGE
The dosage should be prescribed by your doctor.
BROCRIPTIN (PARLODEL) STORAGE
Store at room temperature away from moisture, heat, and light.
BROCRIPTIN (PARLODEL) MORE INFO:
Inactive Ingredients: colloidal silicon dioxide, lactose, magnesium stearate, povidone, starch, and another ingredient
You should not use this medication if you are allergic to bromocriptine or to an ergot medicine (Ergomar, Cafergot, Migergot, D.H.E. 45, Migranal, Methergine). You should not use Cycloset if:
you are breast-feeding;
you have migraine headaches that cause you to faint; or
you are in a state of diabetic ketoacidosis (Call your doctor for treatment with insulin).
uncontrolled high blood pressure (hypertension);
hypertension caused by pregnancy (including eclampsia and preeclampsia);
if you are also using an ergot medicine to treat migraine headaches; or
if you have recently had a baby and you have a history of coronary artery disease or severe heart disease.
Bromocriptine may contain lactose. Before taking this medication, tell your doctor if you have a hereditary form of galactose intolerance, severe lactase deficiency, or glucose-galactose malabsorption.
To make sure you can safely take bromocriptine, tell your doctor if you have any of these other conditions:
high or low blood pressure, heart disease, or a history of heart attack;
liver or kidney disease;
a stomach ulcer or history of stomach or intestinal bleeding; or
a tumor of the pituitary gland;
a history of mental illness or psychosis.
FDA pregnancy category B. Bromocriptine is not expected to harm an unborn baby. However, a pituitary tumor in the mother can expand during pregnancy. High blood pressure can also occur during pregnancy and bromocriptine could be dangerous if taken by a pregnant woman with high blood pressure. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant during treatment. Some women take Brocriptin in order to normalize menstrual periods and increase their chances of becoming pregnant. Tell your doctor as soon as you become pregnant. You may need to stop taking Brocriptin. Follow your doctor's instructions. If you are not taking Brocriptin to help you get pregnant, use a non-hormone method of birth control (such as a condom, diaphragm, spermicide) to prevent pregnancy during treatment. Your doctor may also want you to have a pregnancy test every 4 weeks during treatment. Bromocriptine lowers the hormone needed to produce breast milk. Do not breast-feed a baby while taking bromocriptine.
Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficult breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat. Stop using bromocriptine and call your doctor at once if you have a serious side effect such as:
vision problems, constant runny nose;
chest pain, pain when you breathe, fast heart rate, rapid breathing, feeling short of breath (especially when lying down);
back pain, swelling in your ankles or feet, urinating less than usual or not at all;
confusion, hallucinations, feeling like you might pass out;
low blood sugar (headache, hunger, weakness, sweating, tremors, irritability, trouble concentrating);
muscle movements you cannot control, loss of balance or coordination;
bloody or tarry stools, coughing up blood or vomit that looks like coffee grounds; or dangerously high blood pressure (severe headache, blurred vision, buzzing in your ears, anxiety, confusion, chest pain, shortness of breath, uneven heartbeats, seizure).
Less serious side effects may include:
dizziness, spinning sensation, mild drowsiness, feeling weak or tired;
headache, depressed mood, sleep problems (insomnia);
nausea, vomiting, stomach pain, loss of appetite, diarrhea, constipation; or cold feeling or numbness in your fingers.
This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects.