Parlodel is in a group of drugs called dopamine receptor agonists. It has some of the same effects as a chemical called dopamine, which occurs naturally in your body. Low levels of dopamine in the brain are associated with Parkinson's disease. Bromocriptine also reduces your levels of prolactin, a hormone that is released from the pituitary gland. It is used to treat hyperprolactinemia (high levels of the hormone prolactin), Parkinson's disease and other similar conditions (when used in combination with other medications), acromegaly (a hormonal growth disorder). Parlodel works for hyperprolactinemia by decreasing prolactin production by the pituitary gland.
Take Parlodel exactly as prescribed by your doctor. The starting dosage for treating hyperprolactinemia (or infertility) is 1.25 to 2.5 mg once daily with food. Your doctor may increase your dose by 2.5 mg every two to seven days until results are seen. Most people end up at a dose 2.5 to 15 mg per day. Take Parlodel with food, even if you take it at bedtime.
Before taking Parlodel you should talk with your doctor if you have kidney disease, kidney failure, liver disease, liver failure, cirrhosis, hepatitis, high blood pressure (hypertension), heart disease, low blood pressure (hypotension), psychosis, schizophrenia, any allergies. It can cause side effects that may impair your thinking or reactions. Do not drive or perform tasks that require alertness. Avoid drinking alcohol, which can increase some of the side effects of bromocriptine.
You should not take Parlodel if you are allergic to it, bromocriptine mesylate, or any inactive components of the medication, if you have uncontrolled high blood pressure, or if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.
Possible side effect
Get emergency medical help if you have dizziness, headache, drowsiness, confusion, stomach pain, chest pain, back pain, numbness, seizure, vomiting, high blood pressure, nausea, hallucinations, anxiety, runny nose, blurred vision, buzzing in your ears, shortness of breath, uneven heartbeats, weakness, fast heart rate, swelling in your ankles or feet, hives, swelling of your face, lips, tongue, urinating less than usual, constipation, bloody stools, diarrhea, loss of appetite, dry mouth. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor.
Tell your doctor about all other medications you use, especially: antibiotics (telithromycin, clarithromycin, erythromycin), antipsychotics (chlorpromazine, thiothixene, loxapine), antidepressants (nefazodone, vilazodone, bupropion), monoamine oxidase inhibitors (phenelzine, tranylcypromine, isocarboxazid), selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (citalopram, fluvoxamine, sertraline), serotonin norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors (duloxetine, desvenlafaxine, venlafaxine), tricyclic antidepressants (trimipramine, nortriptyline, clomipramine, amitriptyline), ergot medications (dihydroergotamine, pergolide, ergotamine), nitrates (isosorbide dinitrate, nitroglycerin), protease inhibitors (saquinavir, indinavir, atazanavir), triptan, migraine medications (frovatriptan, almotriptan, zolmitriptan). Interaction between two medications does not always mean that you must stop taking one of them. Tell your doctor about all prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal medications you are taking.
Take the missed dose as soon as possible. Skip the missed dose if it is time for your next scheduled dose. Don't take extra medicine to make up the missed dose.
If you think you have overdosed the medicine seek emergency medical help at once. The overdose symptoms are low blood pressure (hypotension), dizziness, nausea, vomiting, Confusion, constipation, sweating, delusions, pale skin, malaise, hallucinations, drowsiness.
Store the medicine at room temperature between 59-86 degrees F (15-30 degrees C) away from light and moisture. Do not store the drugs in the bathroom. Keep all drugs away from reach of children and pets.
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