What is this drug used for?
• It is used to treat acromegaly.
• It is used to treat high prolactin levels.
• It is used to treat Parkinson’s disease.
• It is used to treat some prolactin-secreting tumors.
• It is used to lower blood sugar in patients with high blood sugar (diabetes).
• It may be given for other reasons. Talk with the doctor.
Frequently reported side effects of this drug
• Loss of strength and energy
• Trouble sleeping
• Stuffy nose
• Runny nose
• Lack of appetite
Other side effects of this drug: Talk with your doctor right away if you have any of these signs of:
• Severe cerebrovascular disease like change in strength on one side is greater than the other, trouble speaking or thinking, change in balance, or vision changes
• Low blood sugar like dizziness, headache, fatigue, feeling weak, shaking, fast heartbeat, confusion, increased hunger, or sweating
• Severe dizziness
• Passing out
• Vision changes
• Mood changes
• Behavioral changes
• Chest pain
• Trouble moving
• Severe headache
• Shortness of breath
• Excessive weight gain
• Swelling of arms or legs
• Uncontrollable urges
• Back pain
• Black, tarry, or bloody stools
• Vomiting blood
• Severe abdominal pain
• Sensing things that seem real but are not
• Unable to pass urine
• Change in amount of urine passed
• Signs of a significant reaction like wheezing; chest tightness; fever; itching; bad cough; blue skin color; seizures; or swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat.
Note: This is not a comprehensive list of all side effects. Talk to your doctor if you have questions.
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Medication Safety Issues
Bromocriptine may be confused with benztropine, brimonidine
Cycloset may be confused with Glyset
Parlodel may be confused with pindolol, Provera
Generic Availability: US
Storage and Stability
Store at 20°C to 25°C (68°F to 77°F).
Cardiovascular: Acquired valvular heart disease, bradycardia, cardiac arrhythmia, cold extremity, constrictive pericarditis, erythromelalgia, hypotension, orthostatic hypotension, pericardial effusion, pericarditis, peripheral edema, Raynaud’s disease, syncope, tachycardia, vasodepressor syncope, vasospasm (digital), ventricular tachycardia
Dermatologic: Allergic skin reaction, alopecia, pale extremities (fingers and toes), pallor, skin mottling, skin rash
Endocrine & metabolic: Hypoglycemia, increased libido
Gastrointestinal: Abdominal cramps, abdominal distress, abdominal pain, anorexia, constipation, diarrhea, dyspepsia, dysphagia, gastrointestinal hemorrhage, gastrointestinal ulcer, nausea, vomiting, xerostomia
Genitourinary: Retroperitoneal fibrosis, urinary frequency, urinary incontinence, urinary retention
Nervous system: Anxiety, ataxia, atypical sexual behavior, auditory hallucination, cold intolerance, confusion, delusion, depression, dizziness, drowsiness, dyskinesia, epileptiform seizure, fatigue, headache, heavy headedness, impulsivity, insomnia, involuntary body movements, lassitude, lethargy, nervousness, neuroleptic malignant syndrome (syndrome-like symptoms), nightmares, numbness, on-off phenomenon, paranoid ideation, paresthesia, pathological gambling, psychomotor agitation, psychosis, sleep disorder, sudden onset of sleep, tingling of the ears, vertigo, visual hallucination
Neuromuscular & skeletal: Asthenia, dyskinesia, lower limb cramp, muscle cramps
Ophthalmic: Amblyopia, blepharospasm, blurred vision, visual disturbance
Respiratory: Dyspnea, nasal congestion, pleural effusion, pleurisy, pleuropulmonary fibrosis, pulmonary fibrosis, rhinitis, rhinorrhea (cerebrospinal fluid, hyperprolactinemic indications), sinusitis