Parlodel (Bromocriptine) is a dopamine agonist used to treat different
disorders resulting from high levels of a hormone called prolactin, which is
produced by the pituitary gland. Bromocriptine reduces high prolactin levels
which cause various disorders and conditions such as: infertility, abnormal
milk production in men or women, menstrual disorders and PMS symptoms, such as breast pain,
headaches, mood changes and bloating. Bromocriptine also treats Acromegaly (excess growth
hormone causing enlargement of hands, feet and facial features) and Parkinson's disease.
Bromocriptine brand names include: Bromocriptina, Encript, Ergoset, Parlodel and Pravidel.
Ordering options for Bromocriptine, including Parlodel are below.
No prescription is needed, but some pharmacies will require a consultation via questionnaire to
enable their staff physician to issue a prescription (this is a free consultation).
Other pharmacies do not require a consultation (no consultation needed)*
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Cautions when taking Bromocriptine
Bromocriptine mesilate can cause sleepiness and sometimes a sudden onset of sleep without
warning during day time activities. Although this is rare, exercise caution when driving or
engaging in any other potentially hazardous activity, such as operating machinery.
Bromocriptine can also bring on dizziness caused by low blood pressure in the first few days,
so again exercise caution until you see how this medication effects you.
Drinking alcohol can increase the symptoms of dizziness and sleepiness.
Bromocriptine should be taken on a full stomach (to reduce the possibility of bleeding or ulceration of the stomach or intestine)
The following groups should NOT take Bromocriptine
Children under 15, adults with untreated high blood pressure, women with high blood pressure
who are pregnant or following childbirth, miscarriage or abortion.
Anyone with a history of cardiovascular disease or serious psychiatric illness
(if used for a non-life-threatening use).
Bromocriptine Side effects
Possible side effects, (not suffered by all users) include:
Headache, Dizziness, Drowsiness.
Constipation, nausea and vomiting, bleeding or ulceration of the stomach or intestine.
Nasal congestion, dry mouth.
Jerky or involuntary movements or muscle twitches (dyskinesia).
Sudden drop in blood pressure when sitting up or standing up.
Fibrous thickening of the lining that covers internal organs, including kidneys, heart or lungs.
(this is a fibrotic reaction) : symptoms of this include persistent cough, shortness of breath,
chest pain, lower back or pelvic pain, swollen ankles or abdominal pain or tenderness.
There maybe other side effects not listed above, if in doubt contact your doctor.
Other drugs for infertility
There are various other drugs in use for the treatment of infertility, some of these are:
Clomiphene (Clomid) : Metformin (Glucophage):
Human menopausal gonadotropin (hMG).