Generic Bromocriptine™®: Bromocriptine
Bromocriptine is the chemical name of the active ingredient in Bromocriptine™®
Chemical Name: BROMOCRIPTINE (broe-moe-KRIP-teen)
Other name brands for this medication
Possible Uses of Bromocriptine: This medicine is a dopamine agonist used to treat menstrual and infertility disorders, and to treat Parkinson's disease. It may also be used to treat other conditions as determined by your doctor.
Before using Bromocriptine: Some medicines or medical conditions may interact with this medicine. INFORM YOUR DOCTOR OR PHARMACIST of all prescription and over-the-counter medicine that you are taking. DO NOT TAKE THIS MEDICINE if you are also taking efavirenz, ergot alkaloids (such as ergotamine), or certain medicines for migraines (such as sumatriptan or eletriptan). ADDITIONAL MONITORING OF YOUR DOSE OR CONDITION may be needed if you are taking medicines for high blood pressure, haloperidol, HIV protease inhibitors (such as amprenavir, indinavir, or ritonavir), macrolide or ketolide antibiotics (such as erythromycin, clarithromycin, or telithromycin), metoclopramide, phenothiazines (such as chlorpromazine or fluphenazine), pimozide, or sympathomimetics (such as pseudoephedrine). DO NOT START OR STOP any medicine without doctor or pharmacist approval. Inform your doctor of any other medical conditions, including heart or blood vessel problems, mood or mental problems (such as psychosis), ulcers, gastrointestinal bleeding, allergies, pregnancy, or breast-feeding. USE OF THIS MEDICINE IS NOT RECOMMENDED if you have a history of high blood pressure or high blood pressure during pregnancy. Contact your doctor or pharmacist if you have any questions or concerns about using this medicine.
How to take Bromocriptine: Follow the directions for using this medicine provided by your doctor. TAKE THIS MEDICINE with food or milk. STORE THIS MEDICINE at room temperature below 77 degrees F (25 degrees C) in a tightly-closed container, away from heat and light. IF YOU MISS A DOSE OF THIS MEDICINE, take it as soon as possible. If it is within 4 hours of your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not take 2 doses at once.
Precautions When Using Bromocriptine: DO NOT TAKE THIS MEDICINE if you have had an allergic reaction to it, or if you are allergic to an ergot alkaloid, or to any ingredient in this product. DO NOT EXCEED THE RECOMMENDED DOSE or take this medicine longer than prescribed without checking with your doctor. Laboratory and/or medical tests, including liver function tests, kidney function tests, blood pressure checks, and complete blood counts may be performed to monitor your progress. KEEP ALL DOCTOR AND LABORATORY APPOINTMENTS while you are taking this medicine. BEFORE YOU HAVE ANY MEDICAL OR DENTAL TREATMENTS, EMERGENCY CARE, OR SURGERY, tell the doctor or dentist that you are using this medicine. THIS MEDICINE WILL ADD TO THE EFFECTS of alcohol and other depressants. Ask your pharmacist if you have questions about which medicines are depressants. THIS MEDICINE MAY CAUSE DROWSINESS, dizziness, or episodes of sudden sleep onset. DO NOT DRIVE, operate machinery, or do anything else that could be dangerous until you know how you react to this medicine. If dizziness occurs, sit up or stand slowly. VERY RARELY THIS MEDICINE may cause serious reactions. IF YOU DEVELOP A SEVERE, CONTINUING HEADACHE OR CHANGES IN VISION, check with your doctor immediately. BEFORE YOU BEGIN TAKING ANY NEW MEDICINE, either prescription or over-the-counter, check with your doctor or pharmacist. This includes any medicines which contain pseudoephedrine. FOR PATIENTS TAKING THIS MEDICINE TO TREAT CONDITIONS OTHER THAN FERTILITY DISORDERS: If you are taking birth control pills you must use an additional form of contraception while taking this medicine. If you have questions, check with your doctor. CAUTION IS ADVISED WHEN USING THIS MEDICINE IN THE ELDERLY because they may be more sensitive to the effects of the medicine. FOR WOMEN: IF YOU PLAN ON BECOMING PREGNANT, discuss with your doctor the benefits and risks of using this medicine during pregnancy. IT IS UNKNOWN IF THIS MEDICINE IS EXCRETED in breast milk. DO NOT BREAST-FEED while taking this medicine.
Side Effects of Bromocriptine: SIDE EFFECTS that may occur while taking this medicine include nausea, headache, dizziness, drowsiness, fatigue, lightheadedness upon standing quickly, constipation, stuffy nose, cold sensitivity in fingers and toes, vomiting, stomach ache, or diarrhea. If they continue or are bothersome, check with your doctor. CHECK WITH YOUR DOCTOR AS SOON AS POSSIBLE if you experience mood or mental changes, hallucinations, or confusion. CONTACT YOUR DOCTOR IMMEDIATELY if you experience a severe, progressive headache; vision disturbances; ringing in the ears; seizures; fainting; vomit that looks like coffee grounds; or black tarry stools. An allergic reaction to this medicine is unlikely, but seek immediate medical attention if it occurs. Symptoms of an allergic reaction include rash, itching, swelling, severe dizziness, or trouble breathing. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor, nurse, or pharmacist.
Drug Interactions of Bromocriptine: Drug interactions can result in unwanted side effects or prevent a medicine from doing its job. Use our drug interaction checker to find out if your medicines interact with each other. Check drug interactions
Overdose of Bromocriptine: If overdose is suspected, contact your local poison control center or emergency room immediately. Symptoms of overdose may include confusion, unusual weakness or fatigue, hallucinations, and excessive sweating.
Other Information of Bromocriptine: DO NOT SHARE THIS MEDICINE with others for whom it was not prescribed. DO NOT USE THIS MEDICINE for other health conditions. KEEP THIS MEDICINE out of the reach of children. IF USING THIS MEDICINE FOR AN EXTENDED PERIOD OF TIME, obtain refills before your supply runs out.