Bromocriptine is a medication that treats type 2 diabetes by decreasing your blood sugar. The brand name of this medication is Cycloset®. This medication comes in a tablet form that you can take by mouth with a glass of water as directed.
BROMOCRIPTINE (broe moe KRIP teen) treats high prolactin levels in your body. Prolactin is a hormone that helps regulate the menstrual cycle and lactation. It may also be used to treat high levels of growth hormone (acromegaly). It works by lowering prolactin and growth hormone levels in your body. It can be used to treat the symptoms of Parkinson disease. It works by acting like dopamine, a substance in your body that helps manage movements and coordination.
This medicine may be used for other purposes; ask your health care provider or pharmacist if you have questions.
COMMON BRAND NAME(S): Parlodel
They need to know if you have any of these conditions:
Take this medication by mouth with a glass of water. Take this medication with food. Follow the directions on the prescription label. Take your doses at regular intervals. Do not take your medication more often than directed. Keep taking this medication unless your care team tells you to stop. Stopping it too quickly can cause serious side effects. It can also make your condition worse.
Talk to your care team about the use of this medication in children. While this medication may be prescribed for children as young as 11 years for selected conditions, precautions do apply.
Overdosage: If you think you have taken too much of this medicine contact a poison control center or emergency room at once.
NOTE: This medicine is only for you. Do not share this medicine with others.
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.
Do not take this medication with any of the following medications:
This medication may also interact with the following medications:
This list may not describe all possible interactions. Give your health care provider a list of all the medicines, herbs, non-prescription drugs, or dietary supplements you use. Also tell them if you smoke, drink alcohol, or use illegal drugs. Some items may interact with your medicine.
Visit your care team for regular checks on your progress. You may need blood work done while you are taking this medication.
Do not suddenly stop taking this medication. You may develop a severe reaction. Your care team will tell you how much medication to take. If your care team wants you to stop the medication, the dose may be slowly lowered over time to avoid any side effects.
You may get drowsy or dizzy. Do not drive, use machinery, or do anything that needs mental alertness until you know how this medication 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 may interfere with the effect of this medication. Avoid alcoholic drinks.
When taking this medication, you may fall asleep without notice. You may be doing activities like driving a car, talking, or eating. You may not feel drowsy before it happens. Contact your care team right away if this happens to you.
There have been reports of increased sexual urges or other strong urges such as gambling while taking this medication. If you experience any of these while taking this medication, you should report this to your care team as soon as possible.
This medication may affect blood sugar. Ask your care team if changes in diet or medications are needed if you have diabetes.
Your mouth may get dry. Chewing sugarless gum or sucking hard candy and drinking plenty of water may help. Contact your care team if the problem does not go away or is severe.
Check your skin for changes to moles or for new growths while taking this medication. Call your care team if you notice any of these skin changes.
Women should inform their care team if they wish to become pregnant or think they might be pregnant. Talk to your care team for more information. Do not breast-feed an infant while taking this medication.
Side effects that you should report to your care team as soon as possible:
Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your care team if they continue or are bothersome):
This list may not describe all possible side effects. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
Keep out of the reach of children and pets.
Store at room temperature between 20 and 25 degrees C (68 and 77 degrees F). Protect from light. Keep container tightly closed. Get rid of any unused medication after the expiration date.
To get rid of medications that are no longer needed or have expired:
NOTE: This sheet is a summary. It may not cover all possible information. If you have questions about this medicine, talk to your doctor, pharmacist, or health care provider.
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