"Sleep disorder drugs (hypnotic and sedative drugs) overview
Insomnia, a disorder in which there is difficulty sleeping, occurs occasionally in most people but usually lasts only a few days. The body then "corrects" itself "...
- Clinician Information:
Parlodel Patient Information Including Side Effects
Brand Names: Cycloset, Parlodel
Generic Name: bromocriptine (Pronunciation: BROE moe KRIP teen)
- What is bromocriptine (Parlodel)?
- What are the possible side effects of bromocriptine (Parlodel)?
- What is the most important information I should know about bromocriptine (Parlodel)?
- What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before taking bromocriptine (Parlodel)?
- How should I take bromocriptine (Parlodel)?
- What happens if I miss a dose (Parlodel)?
- What happens if I overdose (Parlodel)?
- What should I avoid while taking bromocriptine (Parlodel)?
- What other drugs will affect bromocriptine (Parlodel)?
- Where can I get more information?
What is bromocriptine (Parlodel)?
The Cycloset brand of bromocriptine is used together with diet and exercise to treat type 2 (non-insulin dependent) diabetes. Cycloset is not for treating type 1 diabetes.
The Parlodel brand of bromocriptine is used to treat certain conditions caused by a hormone imbalance in which there is too much prolactin in the blood (hyperprolactinemia). Symptoms include lack of sexual development in adolescents. Women may have missed menstrual periods, loss of interest in sex, hot flashes, infertility, or unexpected breast milk production and leakage from the nipples. Men may have enlarged breasts, decreased libido, decreased facial or body hair, and loss of muscle. Parlodel is also used to treat these disorders when they are caused by brain tumors that can produce prolactin.
Parlodel is sometimes used together with surgery or radiation in treating acromegaly, a condition caused by a pituitary gland tumor that produces too much growth hormone.
Parlodel is also used to treat symptoms of Parkinson's disease, such as stiffness, tremors, muscle spasms, and poor muscle control.
Bromocriptine may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.
Bromocriptine 2.5 mg-MYL
round, white, imprinted with M 42
Bromocriptine 5 mg-MYL
brown/white, imprinted with MYLAN 7096
Parlodel 2.5 mg
round, white, imprinted with PARLODEL 2 1/2
Parlodel 5 mg
brown/white, imprinted with PARLODEL 5 mg, S
What are the possible side effects of bromocriptine (Parlodel)?
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 bromocriptine and call your doctor at once if you have a serious side effect such as:
- vision problems, constant runny nose;
- chest pain, pain when you breathe, fast heart rate, rapid breathing, feeling short of breath (especially when lying down);
- back pain, swelling in your ankles or feet, urinating less than usual or not at all;
- confusion, hallucinations, feeling like you might pass out;
- low blood sugar (headache, hunger, weakness, sweating, tremors, irritability, trouble concentrating);
- muscle movements you cannot control, loss of balance or coordination;
- bloody or tarry stools, coughing up blood or vomit that looks like coffee grounds; or
- dangerously high blood pressure (severe headache, blurred vision, buzzing in your ears, anxiety, confusion, chest pain, shortness of breath, uneven heartbeats, seizure).
Less serious side effects may include:
- dizziness, spinning sensation, mild drowsiness, feeling weak or tired;
- headache, depressed mood, sleep problems (insomnia);
- nausea, vomiting, stomach pain, loss of appetite, diarrhea, constipation; or
- cold feeling or numbness in your fingers.
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 Parlodel (bromocriptine mesylate) Side Effects Center for a complete guide to possible side effects
What is the most important information I should know about bromocriptine (Parlodel)?
You should not use Cycloset if you are breast-feeding, if you have migraine headaches that cause you to faint, or if you are in a state of diabetic ketoacidosis (Call your doctor for treatment with insulin).
You should not use Parlodel if you have uncontrolled high blood pressure, if you have high blood pressure caused by pregnancy (eclampsia or preeclampsia), or if you have recently had a baby and you have a history of coronary artery disease or severe heart disease. You may need to stop taking Parlodel if you become pregnant during treatment. Follow your doctor's instructions.
You should not breast-feed a baby while taking bromocriptine.
Tell your doctor right away if you become pregnant while taking bromocriptine.
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
Trying to Conceive
Get tips and advances in treatment.