BROMOCRIPTINE (broe moe KRIP teen) is used to treat high levels of prolactin. This medicine is useful in treating menstrual and fertility problems or certain types of tumors. It is used to treat acromegaly, a condition where the body makes too much growth hormone. This medicine may also be used to treat Parkinson's disease.
Take this medicine by mouth with a glass of water. Take this medicine with food. Follow the directions on the prescription label. Take your doses at regular intervals. Do not take your medicine more often than directed. Do not stop taking this medicine suddenly except upon the advice of your doctor. Stopping this medicine too quickly may cause serious side effects or your condition may worsen.
Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. While this medicine may be prescribed for children as young as 11 years of age for selected conditions, precautions do apply.
Side effects that you should report to your doctor or health care professional as soon as possible:
allergic reactions like skin rash, itching or hives, swelling of the face, lips, or tongue
changes in vision
falling asleep during normal activities like driving
fast, irregular heartbeat
hallucination, loss of contact with reality
loss of bladder control
pain, tingling, numbness in the hands or feet
signs and symptoms of low blood pressure like dizziness; feeling faint or lightheaded, falls; unusually weak or tired
signs and symptoms of a stroke like changes in vision; confusion; trouble speaking or understanding; severe headaches; sudden numbness or weakness of the face, arm or leg; trouble walking; dizziness; loss of balance or coordination
uncontrollable head, mouth, neck, arm, or leg movements
uncontrollable and excessive urges (examples: gambling, binge eating, shopping, having sex)
unusual bleeding or bruising
Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your doctor or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):
constipation or diarrhea
Do not take this medicine with any of the following medications:
ergot alkaloids like dihydroergotamine, ergonovine, ergotamine, methylergonovine
This medicine may also interact with the following medications:
antiviral medicines for HIV or AIDS
aspirin and aspirin-like medicines
certain antibiotics for infection like chloramphenicol, clarithromycin, erythromycin, sulfa antibiotics
certain medicines for psychotic disturbances
certain medicines for fungal infections like ketoconazole and itraconazole
certain medicines for migraine like almotriptan, eletriptan, frovatriptan, naratriptan, rizatriptan and sumatriptan
certain medicines for Parkinson's disease and related conditions like cabergoline, pramipexole, ropinirole
St. John's wort
stimulant medicines for attention disorders, weight loss, or to stay awake
If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, take only that dose. Do not take double or extra doses.
Keep out of the reach of children.
Store at room temperature between 20 and 25 degrees C (68 and 77 degrees F). Protect from light. Keep container tightly closed. Throw away any unused medicine after the expiration date.
They need to know if you have any of these conditions:
circulation problems in fingers and toes
high or low blood pressure
migraines with fainting
stomach or intestine problems
an unusual or allergic reaction to bromocriptine, ergot alkaloids, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives
pregnant or trying to get pregnant
Visit your doctor or health care professional for regular checks on your progress. You may need blood work done while you are taking this medicine.
If you stop taking this medicine when it is being used for tumor treatment, the tumor may regrow quickly, and your original symptoms may return. Do not stop taking this medicine unless your doctor tells you to.
You may get drowsy or dizzy. Do not drive, use machinery, or do anything that needs mental alertness until you know how this drug affects you. Do not stand or sit up quickly, especially if you are an older patient. This reduces the risk of dizzy or fainting spells. Alcohol can increase possible dizziness. Avoid alcoholic drinks. If you find that you have sudden feelings of wanting to sleep during normal activities, like cooking, watching television, or while driving or riding in a car, you should contact your health care professional.
Your mouth may get dry. Chewing sugarless gum or sucking hard candy, and drinking plenty of water may help. Contact your doctor if the problem does not go away or is severe.
There have been reports of increased sexual urges or other strong urges such as gambling while taking this medicine. If you experience any of these urges while taking this medicine, you should report it to your health care provider as soon as possible.
This medicine may affect blood sugar levels. If you have diabetes, check with your doctor or health care professional before you change your diet or the dose of your diabetic medicine.
You should check your skin often for changes to moles and new growths while taking this medicine. Call your doctor if you notice any of these changes.
Women should inform their doctor if they wish to become pregnant or think they might be pregnant. Talk to your health care professional or pharmacist for more information. Do not breast-feed an infant while taking this medicine.