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Dostinex Patient Information Including Side Effects

Brand Names: Dostinex

Generic Name: cabergoline (Pronunciation: ca BER goe leen)

What is cabergoline (Dostinex)?

Cabergoline is a dopamine receptor agonist. It works by reducing the amount of prolactin (a hormone) that is released from the pituitary gland.

Cabergoline is used to treat a hormone imbalance in which there is too much prolactin in the blood (also called hyperprolactinemia).

Cabergoline may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.

Cabergoline 0.5 mg-COB

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Cabergoline 0.5 mg-TEV

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Dostinex 0.5 mg

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What are the possible side effects of cabergoline (Dostinex)?

Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficult breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

Stop using cabergoline and call your doctor at once if you have a serious side effect such as:

  • feeling short of breath on exertion;
  • chest discomfort, dry cough or hack;
  • feeling weak or tired, loss of appetite, rapid weight loss;
  • feeling like you might pass out;
  • lower back pain;
  • urinating less than usual or not at all; or
  • swelling in your ankles or feet.

You may have increased sexual urges, unusual urges to gamble, or other intense urges while taking this medication. Talk with your doctor if you believe you have any intense or unusual urges while taking cabergoline.

Less serious side effects may include:

  • nausea, vomiting, stomach pain, gas, indigestion, constipation;
  • headache, depressed mood;
  • dizziness, spinning sensation;
  • drowsiness, nervousness;
  • hot flashes;
  • numbness or tingly feeling; or
  • dry mouth.

This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

Read the Dostinex (cabergoline) Side Effects Center for a complete guide to possible side effects

What is the most important information I should know about cabergoline (Dostinex)?

You should not use this medication if you are allergic to cabergoline, or if you have uncontrolled high blood pressure, pregnancy-related high blood pressure, a history of heart or breathing problems or 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).

Before taking cabergoline, tell your doctor if you have liver disease, heart disease, or a breathing disorder.

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.

Tell your doctor about all other medicines you use, especially blood pressure medication.

You may have increased sexual urges, unusual urges to gamble, or other intense urges while taking this medication. Talk with your doctor if you believe you have any intense or unusual urges while taking cabergoline.

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.

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