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Bromocriptine is used alone or with other medications (such as levodopa) to treat Parkinsons disease. It can improve your ability to move and can decrease shakiness (tremor) stiffness slowed movement and unsteadiness. It may also decrease the number of episodes of not being able to move ("on-off syndrome").

Bromocriptine is also used to treat high levels of a certain hormone made by the body (prolactin). High levels of prolactin may cause problems such as unwanted breast milk missed/stopped periods difficulty becoming pregnant decreased sperm production and decreased sexual ability. Bromocriptine may be used to treat a type of tumor which causes the high levels of prolactin (prolactin-secreting adenomas). It can help to reduce the tumor size. Bromocriptine is not recommended for stopping unwanted breast milk after pregnancy miscarriage or abortion because of possible serious side effects (such as high blood pressure seizure heart attack stroke).

Bromocriptine is also used to treat high levels of growth hormone (acromegaly).

Bromocriptine is an ergot medication that works by acting like a certain natural substance (dopamine) in the brain. It also prevents the release of certain hormones (growth hormone prolactin). Bromocriptine can lower these hormone levels but it does not cure the causes of the increased levels.

Side Effects:

Nausea vomiting dizziness drowsiness lightheadedness tiredness constipation or headache may occur. If any of these effects persist or worsen tell your doctor or pharmacist promptly.

Remember that your doctor has prescribed this medication because he or she has judged that the benefit to you is greater than the risk of side effects. Many people using this medication do not have serious side effects.

Some people taking bromocriptine have fallen asleep suddenly during their usual daily activities (such as talking on the phone driving). In some cases sleep occurred without any feelings of drowsiness beforehand. This sleep effect may occur anytime during treatment with bromocriptine even if you have used this medication for a long time. If you experience increased sleepiness or fall asleep during the day do not drive or take part in other possibly dangerous activities until you have discussed this effect with your doctor. Your risk of this sleep effect is increased by using alcohol or other medications that can make you drowsy. See also Precautions section.

This medication may increase or decrease your blood pressure. Monitor your blood pressure as directed by your doctor. A decrease in blood pressure usually occurs when you are first starting the medication when your dose is increased or when you get up suddenly. This effect can cause dizziness lightheadedness and fainting. To reduce the risk of dizziness and lightheadedness get up slowly when rising from a sitting or lying position.

Tell your doctor right away if you have any serious side effects including: back pain swelling of the legs/ankles/feet signs of kidney problems (such as change in the amount of urine) persistent runny nose severe stomach/abdominal pain black/bloody stools vomit that looks like coffee grounds cold or slightly blue fingers/toes tingling/numbness of hands/feet mental/mood changes (such as anxiety confusion hallucinations restlessness) unusual strong urges (such as increased gambling increased sexual urges) slow/fast/irregular heartbeat.

Get medical help right away if you have any very serious side effects including: severe or persistent headache seizure trouble speaking weakness on one side of the body vision changes (such as decreased/blurred vision) chest/jaw/left arm pain trouble breathing.

A very serious allergic reaction to this drug is rare. However get medical help right away if you notice any symptoms of a serious allergic reaction including: rash itching/swelling (especially of the face/tongue/throat) severe dizziness trouble breathing.

This is not a complete list of possible side effects. If you notice other effects not listed above contact your doctor or pharmacist.


Before taking bromocriptine tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to it; or to other ergot medications (such as ergotamine pergolide); or if you have any other allergies. This product may contain inactive ingredients which can cause allergic reactions or other problems. Talk to your pharmacist for more details.

Before using this medication tell your doctor or pharmacist your medical history especially of: certain genetic enzyme problems (galactose intolerance lactase deficiency glucose-galactose malabsorption) high or low blood pressure liver disease heart problems (such as coronary artery disease heart attack irregular heartbeat) mental/mood disorders (such as psychosis depression schizophrenia) stomach/intestinal problems (such as bleeding ulcer) blood flow problems (such as peripheral vascular disease Raynauds disease) recent pregnancy (especially with high blood pressure).

This drug may make you dizzy or drowsy. Alcohol or marijuana (cannabis) can make you more dizzy or drowsy. Do not drive use machinery or do anything that needs alertness until you can do it safely. Avoid alcoholic beverages. Talk to your doctor if you are using marijuana (cannabis). See also Side Effects section.

Bromocriptine can reduce blood flow in the fingers and toes especially during exposure to cold increasing the risk of damage (such as frostbite). Keep hands and feet warm during cold weather.

Before having surgery tell your doctor or dentist about all the products you use (including prescription drugs nonprescription drugs and herbal products).

During pregnancy this medication should be used only when clearly needed. This medication can cause a dangerous increase in blood pressure during pregnancy. Discuss the risks and benefits with your doctor. Since this medication may restore fertility in women with high prolactin or growth hormone levels women who do not want to become pregnant should discuss with their doctor the use of non-hormonal birth control methods (such as condoms diaphragm) while taking this medication. A pregnancy test is recommended at least once every 4 weeks before your period starts again. If you start having your periods regularly then a pregnancy test is recommended every time you miss your period. If you become pregnant or think you may be pregnant tell your doctor right away.

This drug may affect breast milk production. Therefore breast-feeding is not recommended while using this drug. Consult your doctor before breast-feeding.