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What is Bromocriptine used for?

Bromocriptine is used to treat a variety of medical conditions, including Parkinson's disease, menstrual problems, infertility, and abnormal milk production in men or women. This medicine is also used to lower excess production of growth hormone, which results in abnormally large facial features, hands, and feet. Bromocriptine works by restoring the balance of a natural substance (dopamine) in the brain. This medicine may also be used to treat other conditions as determined by your doctor.

What are the side effects of Bromocriptine?

Like other medicines, Bromocriptine can cause some side effects. If they do occur, the side effects of Bromocriptine are most likely to be minor and temporary. However, some may be serious and may require the individual to inform the doctor or visit the nearest hospital immediately.

It is pertinent to note that side effects of Bromocriptine cannot be anticipated. If any side effects of Bromocriptine develop or change in intensity, the doctor should be informed as soon as possible.

Bromocriptine can cause side effects such as nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, constipation, stomach pain, loss of appetite, dizziness, tiredness, and dry mouth. This is not a complete list of all side effects. Do concur with your doctor and follow his directions completely when you are taking Bromocriptine.

What is the recommended dosage of Bromocriptine?

The dosage of Bromocriptine prescribed to each patient will vary. Always follow your physician’s instructions and/or the directions on the prescription drug label.

Bromocriptine should be taken with food.

What if you miss a dose of Bromocriptine?

If your physician has instructed or directed you to take Bromocriptine medication in a regular schedule and you have missed a dose of this medicine, take it as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, then skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not double the doses unless otherwise directed.

What if you overdose on Bromocriptine?

Any medication taken in excess can have serious consequences. If you suspect an overdose of Bromocriptine, seek medical attention immediately.

What other drugs could interact with Bromocriptine?

It may be noted that drugs other than those listed above may also interact with Bromocriptine.

Usually drug interactions occur when it is taken with another drug or with food. Before you take a medication for a particular ailment, you should inform the health expert about intake of any other medications including non-prescription medications, over-the-counter medicines that may increase the effect of Bromocriptine, and dietary supplements like vitamins, minerals and herbal, so that the doctor can warn you of any possible drug interactions.

Bromocriptine can interact with antidepressants, antibiotics, antimalaria drugs, and cancer medicines.

Do let your doctor know if you smoke, consume alcohol or caffeinated drinks, or use illegal drugs as these may interfere with the action of your medication. Make sure to inform your doctor of any medical conditions you may have, or any family history of medical problems. Do not start or stop using any medicine without consulting your doctor.

What are the questions to ask your doctor before taking Bromocriptine?

Is it possible for me to take Bromocriptine with other drugs?
Should certain beverages, foods and other products be avoided when I take Bromocriptine?
What are the possible drug interactions of Bromocriptine?
How will Bromocriptine work in my body?
How should Bromocriptine be taken?
How to reduce the risk of Bromocriptine drug interactions and side effects?


The health and medical information provided here is intended to supplement and not substitute for the expertise and judgment of your physician, pharmacists or other health care professional. It should not be understood to indicate that the use of Bromocriptine is safe, appropriate or effective for you. Always consult your health care professional before using this, or any other, drug.


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