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Name of the Generic: Bromocriptine (Parlodel) [ BROE-moe-KRIP-teen [ BROE-moe-KRIP-teen]
Classification of Drugs: Dopaminergic antiparkinsonism agents, prolactin inhibitors

What is Bromocriptine (Parlodel)?

This guide to medication gives information about this Parlodel type of bromocriptine. Cycloset is a different brand of bromocriptine, which isn't included in this medication guide.

High levels of prolactin can lead to sexual issues, hot flashes, menstrual disorders, or infertility among women and men, loss of muscle as well as breast enlargements in both women and men, and a lack of sexual development in adolescents. Parlodel may also be used to treat these conditions when they're caused by a benign pituitary tumor, which can produce excessive amounts of prolactin.

Parlodel can be used in conjunction with surgeries or radiation to treat the condition known as acromegaly, which is a condition triggered by pituitary gland cancer that produces excessive growth hormone.

Parlodel can also be used to help treat aspects associated with Parkinson's illness like stiffness, tremors, muscular spasms, and poor muscle control.Bromocriptine can also be used for reasons not mentioned in this guideline for medication.

Side effects of Parlodel

See a doctor immediately. Get medical attention immediately if you notice symptoms that are warning signs of an allergic response, such as difficulty breathing, hives, and swelling of your lips, face, and tongue.

Parlodel may cause serious side effects. Consult your doctor immediately. If you suffer from:

  • Numbness, pain, or discoloration or pallor on your toes or fingers (especially during cold temperatures);
  • Vision problems, continuous nasal runniness;
  • Chest pain, discomfort in your chest when you breathe, a fast heart rate, rapid breathing, and feeling breathless (especially in a position where you lie down);
  • Lower back discomfort, swelling of your feet or ankles, less frequent urination, or none all the time;
  • Hallucinations, confusion, and sensations that you are about to faint;
  • Muscle movements that you can't manage; loss of balance or coordination;
  • The stool is bloody or tarry, and you are coughing up blood or vomit that appears like coffee grounds.

Parlodel can cause you to sleep when you are doing normal activities like talking, working, eating, or driving. You could fall asleep at any time, even if you feel active. Inform your doctor if you are experiencing problems with your nighttime sleepiness or tiredness.

There is a possibility that you will experience increased sexual cravings, unusual urges towards gambling, or any other intense cravings when you take Parlodel. Consult your physician in the event of this.

Common adverse effects of Parlodel could include:

  • Dizziness;
  • Headache;
  • Hallucinations;
  • Nausea, constipation,
  • Abnormal, involuntary movement.

This isn't a complete list of all the side effects. Others could happen. Consult your physician to seek medical advice on adverse effects. You can report any adverse reactions to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.


It is not recommended to make use of Parlodel for insufficiently controlled elevated blood pressure, if you suffer from high blood pressure due to pregnancy (eclampsia or preeclampsia), or if you have recently had a child and have a previous history of coronary artery disease or serious coronary artery disease. You might need to discontinue using Parlodel in the event that you become pregnant while taking treatments. Follow your doctor's prescriptions.

Parlodel could cause you to fall asleep quickly, even if you're alert. Avoid driving or any other risky exercise until you understand the effects of this medication on you.

Do not breastfeed.Inform your doctor immediately if you fall pregnant while taking bromocriptine.

Before you take this drug

It is not recommended to make use of Parlodel in the event that you are allergic to bromocriptine or to an ergot medication (dihydroergotamine, ergotamine, ergonovine, or methylergonovine).

It is not recommended to make use of Parlodel when:

  • You are nursing;
  • If you are suffering from uncontrolled blood pressure (hypertension),
  • If you suffer from hypertension due to pregnancy (including preeclampsia and eclampsia), you have hypertension due to pregnancy (including preeclampsia and eclampsia).
  • You just had a child, and you've had a history of coronary artery disease or severe heart disease.

Bromocriptine may contain lactose. Before you take Parlodel, consult your doctor if you have a genetic form of galactose intolerance, serious lactase deficiency, or sugar-galactose malabsorption.

Speak to your doctor if you are ever diagnosed with:

  • Either high or low blood pressure, heart disease, or a heart attack;
  • Kidney or liver disease;
  • A tumor of the pituitary gland.
  • A stomach ulcer or intestinal bleeding, or stomach ulcers
  • Mental illness, also known as schizophrenia.

People suffering from Parkinson's disease could be at greater risk for skin cancer (melanoma). Consult your physician about any signs of skin cancer to look out for.

Follow the instructions of your physician about taking this medication if you are expecting or getting pregnant. A pituitary tumor within the mother may grow during pregnancy. High blood pressure could be present during pregnancy as well. Bromocriptine is a risk for pregnant women who have hypertension.

Women may be taking Parlodel to help regulate menstrual cycles and increase their chances of getting pregnant. Talk to your doctor immediately if you are pregnant. It is possible that you will be required to quit taking Parlodel.

If you're currently not on the medication called Parlodel to aid in getting pregnant, try the barrier type that includes contraceptives (condom diaphragm cervical cap and contraceptive sponge) to stop pregnancy while you are taking treatment. Your doctor may also recommend that you take an ultrasound of your pregnancy every four weeks throughout treatment.

Don't breastfeed while taking this medication.Parlodel should not be offered to a child who is younger than 11.

How to take Parlodel?

Follow the instructions on your prescription label, and review all medication guides and instructions. The doctor might alter your dosage. Follow the medication precisely as directed.

Use Parlodel along with food, even if you do it in the evening.You'll need to undergo frequent medical examinations.It is not recommended to stop taking Parlodel immediately. Be sure to follow the advice by your doctor about the dosage you should take.

Keep the bottle at room temperature, far from heat, moisture, and light. Make sure the bottle is tightly shut when not in use.

What happens If I miss a dose?

Consume the medicine along with food immediately after taking it, but do not miss your missed dose when you are nearing the time to take the next dose. Don't take two doses at once.

What happens if I overdose?

Get medical attention immediately, contact a doctor for medical attention immediately, or call the Poison Help line at 1-800-222-1222. The signs of an overdose could consist of nausea, vomiting,  and constipation. Other symptoms include sweating, pale skin, dizziness, confusion, yawning, sleepiness, and hallucinations. You may also experience fainting.

What should be avoided?

Avoid driving and other hazardous activities until you understand the effects Parlodel can have on your body. Your reaction could be affected.

Be careful not to get up too fast from a lying or sitting position, as you could be dizzy.Alcohol consumption with this medicine may cause unwanted side effects.

Interaction with other drugs

It is sometimes not safe to take certain medications simultaneously. Certain medications can alter the blood levels of other medications you are taking, which could cause more side effects or make the drugs less effective.

Talk to your physician about all your medication you use. Numerous drugs can impact Parlodel, particularly medicines that treat:

  • Migraine headaches;
  • Infections;
  • Psychotic disorders, like bipolar disorder or schizophrenia;
  • Parkinson's disease;
  • Restless leg syndrome,
  • Acromegaly (too much increase in hormone)

This is not a complete list, and other drugs could impact Parlodel. This includes prescription and over-the-counter drugs, vitamins, and herbal products. The interactions of all drugs are included here.

Parlodel may make certain migraine medications less effective if used in conjunction with other migraine medications. Do not take Parlodel for six hours before or six hours after taking the ergot medication (such as dihydroergotamine, ergotamine, ergonovine, or methylergonovine).

A variety of other medications can be used in combination with bromocriptine. This is only a small list. Inform your doctor if you are taking:

  • An antidepressant, sedative, or opioid medication; medications to treat mental disorders;
  • An antibiotic or antifungal medication; antimalarial drugs;
  • Asthma or allergy medications;
  • Cancer medicine; drugs designed to protect against organ donation rejection;
  • Low-cholesterol drugs like simvastatin (Zocor);
  • An oral medication for diabetes;
  • Blood pressure or heart medications and heart rhythm medications
  • HIV and AIDS medicines;
  • Seizure medications;
  • Sildenafil (viagra) and various erectile dysfunction drugs, as well as
  • Acid-reducing stomach products.

This list isn't exhaustive, and there are other drugs that may be incompatible with bromocriptine. Discuss with your physician any medications you are taking. This includes prescriptions, over-the-counter vitamins, herbal products, and vitamin products. Don't start an entirely new drug without first consulting your physician. Keep a record of all your medications and give it to any health professional who cares for you.



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