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Dostinex Patient Information including How Should I Take
In this Article
- What is cabergoline (Dostinex)?
- What are the possible side effects of cabergoline (Dostinex)?
- What is the most important information I should know about cabergoline (Dostinex)?
- What should I discuss with my health care provider before taking cabergoline (Dostinex)?
- How should I take cabergoline (Dostinex)?
- What happens if I miss a dose (Dostinex)?
- What happens if I overdose (Dostinex)?
- What should I avoid while taking cabergoline (Dostinex)?
- What other drugs will affect cabergoline (Dostinex)?
- Where can I get more information?
What should I discuss with my health care provider before taking cabergoline (Dostinex)?
You should not use this medication if you are allergic to cabergoline, or if you have:
- uncontrolled high blood pressure (hypertension);
- hypertension caused by pregnancy, including eclampsia and preeclampsia;
- a history of heart or breathing problems;
- if you have ever had a heart valve disorder; or
- if you are allergic to any type of ergot medicine such as ergotamine (Ergomar, Cafergot, Migergot), dihydroergotamine (D.H.E. 45, Migranal), ergonovine (Ergotrate), or methylergonovine (Methergine).
To make sure you can safely take cabergoline, tell your doctor if you have any of these other conditions:
- liver disease;
- heart disease; or
- a breathing disorder.
FDA pregnancy category B. Cabergoline is not expected to harm an unborn baby. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant during treatment.
It is not known whether cabergoline passes into breast milk or if it could harm a nursing baby. You should not breast-feed while you are using cabergoline.
How should I take cabergoline (Dostinex)?
Take exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Do not take in larger or smaller amounts or for longer than recommended. Follow the directions on your prescription label.
Your doctor will perform tests to make sure you do not have heart conditions that would prevent you from safely using cabergoline. Your heart function may also need to be checked using an electrocardiograph or ECG (sometimes called an EKG). This machine measures electrical activity of the heart.
Your doctor may occasionally change your dose to make sure you get the best results.
Cabergoline is usually taken twice each week for at least 6 months. Do not take this medication every day unless your doctor tells you to.
To be sure this medication is helping your condition, your blood will need to be tested on a regular basis to measure your prolactin levels. Your doctor may want to continue checking your prolactin levels for several months after you stop taking cabergoline. Visit your doctor regularly.
Store at room temperature away from moisture and heat.
Additional Dostinex Information
- Dostinex Drug Interactions Center: cabergoline oral
- Dostinex Side Effects Center
- Dostinex Overview including Precautions
- Dostinex FDA Approved Prescribing Information including Dosage
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