Q: What is Bromocriptine (Parlodel) and how is it taken?

A: The dosage of Parlodel may vary depending upon the cause of the prolactin elevation and the degree of elevation. Generally, the dosage starts at 1/2 to 1 tablet at bedtime and is then increased as needed to a specific maintenance dose. Periodic prolactin levels will be drawn to evaluate the response to the drug. Parlodel may act to improve fertility by restoring ovulation and the medication should be stopped as soon as pregnancy is confirmed.

Bromocriptine is a FDA pregnancy category B. This means that it is unlikely to harm an unborn baby. No birth defects have been reported in women who continued to take Parlodel while pregnant.

The following are common side-effects of Parlodel which are generally not serious and improve with either lower dosages and/or time:

  • Upset stomach
  • Low blood pressure
  • Nausea/Vomiting
  • constipation
  • Headache
  • Dizziness
  • Nasal congestion

Approximately 2% of patients faint when taking their first dose of Parlodel. Call your doctor if you experience the following serious symptoms:

  • Significant or persistent dizziness
  • Fainting
  • Irregular heartbeat
  • Swelling of feet or hands
  • Significant weakness
  • Persistent vomiting

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