Medications and Drugs
Brand Names: Cycloset, Parlodel
Generic Name: bromocriptine (Pronunciation: BROE moe KRIP teen)
What is bromocriptine (Cycloset, Parlodel)?
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 (Cycloset, 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:
Less serious side effects may include:
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.
What is the most important information I should know about bromocriptine (Cycloset, 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.
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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