HOW SHOULD THIS MEDICINE BE USED?
Parlodel® (bromocriptine mesylate) capsules come as a capsule, which can be taken by mouth. It is recommended that Parlodel be taken with food. The specific dosage of Parlodel that your doctor prescribes for you will depend on your medical condition and your response to treatment.
Use this medicine according to you doctor’s instructions and take it at the same time each day in order to get the most benefit from it. Do not suddenly stop taking this medicine without consulting your doctor because your condition may worsen if you suddenly stop taking Parlodel.
Tell your doctor if your condition does not improve or worsens.
Because of possible serious side effects (e.g., high blood pressure, seizure, heart attack, stroke), Parlodel is not always recommended for stopping unwanted breast milk.
WHO SHOULD NOT TAKE PARLODEL?
Those people having hypersensitivity to bromocriptine or to any of the inactive ingredients (colloidal silicon dioxide, gelatin, lactose, magnesium stearate, red iron oxide, silicon dioxide, sodium lauryl sulfate, starch, maleic acid, titanium dioxide, yellow iron oxide) of Parlodel, uncontrolled hypertension, and sensitivity to any ergot alkaloids should talk to their doctors before taking Parlodel.
Some of the symptoms of an allergic reaction may include shortness of breath, wheezing or difficulty breathing; swelling of the face, lips, tongue or other parts of the body; rash, itching or hives on the skin.
Parlodel should be withdrawn when pregnancy is diagnosed.
Do not take Parlodel if you have any of the following medical conditions:
- High blood pressure that is not controlled (uncontrolled hypertension)
- Toxemia during pregnancy or immediately after giving birth, with symptoms such as high blood pressure, fluid build-up and convulsions
- Severe heart disease
- Mental illness now or in the past
- A history of coronary artery disease or other severe cardiovascular conditions unless your doctor considers use of Parlodel to be medically necessary
- You are breast feeding
If you are not sure whether any of the above conditions apply to you, your doctor can advise you.
Do not take Parlodel after the expiry date printed on the packaging or if the packaging is torn or shows signs of tampering.
Before you start to take Parlodel:
Tell your doctor if you have any of the following health problems/medical conditions:
- Problems with your liver
- Black stools or stomach ulcers
- Problems with blood circulation
- Excessive drowsiness, or if you unexpectedly fall asleep
Your doctor may want to take special precautions if you have any of the above conditions.
Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or intend to become pregnant.
Your doctor can discuss the benefits and risks of taking this medicine during pregnancy.
Tell your doctor if you are breast-feeding or intend to breast feed.
Parlodel prevents the production of breast milk due to its effects on prolactin.
Tell your doctor if you are lactose intolerant.
This medicine contains lactose.
TAKING OTHER MEDICINES:
Tell your doctor if you are taking any other medicines, including any that you buy without a prescription from a pharmacy, supermarket or health food shop.
Some medicines and Parlodel may interfere with each other. These include:
- Medicines containing ergot alkaloids, such as medicines used to treat migraine headaches
- Medicines used to treat high blood pressure
- Any other medicine that may either raise or lower blood pressure
- Levodopa, a medicine for Parkinson’s disease
- Some antibiotics used to treat infections, such as erythromycin
- Octreotide, a medicine used to treat acromegaly and certain tumors
- Medicines used to treat HIV/AIDS, such as ritonavir, nelfinavir, indinavir, and delavirdine
- Medicines used to treat fungal infections such as ketoconazole, itraconazole, and voriconizole
- Dopamine antagonists, such as phenothiazides, butyrophenones thioxanthenes, metoclopramide, and domperidone
- Phenylpropanolamine (a medicine used to treat nasal congestion)
- Bromocriptine, a medicine used to treat Parkinson’s disease
- Sumatriptan, a drug used to treat migraine
- Ergot alkaloids, medicines used to treat migraine and post-delivery bleeding
You may need to take different amounts of medicines or to take different medicines while you are taking Parlodel. Your doctor and pharmacist have more information.
Make sure you tell your doctor about any of these medicines or over the counter drugs before you start taking Parlodel.