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Parlodel Patient Information including How Should I Take
In this Article
- What is bromocriptine (Parlodel) (Parlodel)?
- What are the possible side effects of Cycloset (Parlodel)?
- What is the most important information I should know about Cycloset (Parlodel)?
- What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before taking Cycloset (Parlodel)?
- How should I take Cycloset (Parlodel)?
- What happens if I miss a dose (Parlodel)?
- What happens if I overdose (Parlodel)?
- What should I avoid while taking Cycloset (Parlodel)?
- What other drugs will affect Cycloset (Parlodel)?
- Where can I get more information?
What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before taking Cycloset (Parlodel)?
You should not use this medication if you are allergic to bromocriptine or to an ergot medicine (Ergomar, Cafergot, Migergot, D.H.E. 45, Migranal, Methergine).
You should not use Cycloset if:
- you are breast-feeding;
- you have migraine headaches that cause you to faint; or
- you are in a state of diabetic ketoacidosis (Call your doctor for treatment with insulin).
Bromocriptine may contain lactose. Before taking Cycloset, tell your doctor if you have a hereditary form of galactose intolerance, severe lactase deficiency, or glucose-galactose malabsorption.
To make sure you can safely take bromocriptine, tell your doctor if you have any of these other conditions:
- high or low blood pressure, heart disease, or a history of heart attack;
- liver or kidney disease;
- a tumor of the pituitary gland;
- a stomach ulcer or history of stomach or intestinal bleeding; or
- a history of mental illness or psychosis.
FDA pregnancy category B. Bromocriptine is not expected to harm an unborn baby. However, a pituitary tumor in the mother can expand during pregnancy. High blood pressure can also occur during pregnancy and bromocriptine could be dangerous if taken by a pregnant woman with high blood pressure. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant during treatment.
Bromocriptine lowers the hormone needed to produce breast milk. Do not breast-feed a baby while taking bromocriptine.
How should I take Cycloset (Parlodel)?
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 may occasionally change your dose to make sure you get the best results.
Cycloset is usually taken each morning with food, within 2 hours after you wake up.
Your blood sugar will need to be checked often, and you may need other blood tests at your doctor's office. Visit your doctor regularly.
Know the signs of low blood sugar (hypoglycemia) and how to recognize them: headache, hunger, weakness, sweating, tremors, irritability, or trouble concentrating.
Always keep a source of sugar available in case you have symptoms of low blood sugar. Sugar sources include orange juice, glucose gel, candy, or milk. If you have severe hypoglycemia and cannot eat or drink, use an injection of glucagon. Your doctor can give you a prescription for a glucagon emergency injection kit and tell you how to give the injection. Be sure your family and close friends know how to help you in an emergency.
Also watch for signs of blood sugar that is too high (hyperglycemia). These symptoms include increased thirst, increased urination, hunger, dry mouth, fruity breath odor, drowsiness, dry skin, blurred vision, and weight loss.
Check your blood sugar carefully during a time of stress or illness, if you travel, exercise more than usual, drink alcohol, or skip meals. These things can affect your glucose levels and your dose needs may also change.
Your doctor may want you to stop taking Cycloset for a short time if you become ill, have a fever or infection, or if you have surgery or a medical emergency.
Ask your doctor how to adjust your Cycloset dose if needed. Do not change your medication dose or schedule without your doctor's advice.
Cycloset is only part of a complete program of treatment that may also include diet, exercise, and testing your blood sugar. Follow your diet, medication, and exercise routines very closely. Changing any of these factors can affect your blood sugar levels.
Store at room temperature away from moisture, heat, and light.
Additional Parlodel Information
- Parlodel Drug Interactions Center: bromocriptine oral
- Parlodel Side Effects Center
- Parlodel FDA Approved Prescribing Information including Dosage
Report Problems to the Food and Drug Administration
You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit the FDA MedWatch website or call 1-800-FDA-1088.
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