Bromocriptine - oral

Patient Medicine Information
Why do I need this medicine?
Bromocriptine is used alone or together with other medicines to treat Parkinson's disease. Parkinson's disease is a disorder that affects movement of a person, causing symptoms such as tremors, muscle stiffness, slowed movement and impaired balance or walking.

Bromocriptine cannot cure Parkinson's disease but it can improve the quality of life for people who have the disease.

Bromocriptine is also used to treat certain hormonal disorders such as hyperprolactinemia (high prolactin level in the blood) and acromegaly (high growth hormone level in the blood).

Bromocriptine may be used to treat other conditions as decided by your doctor.
How do I take this medicine?
Take Bromocriptine exactly as directed by your doctor or according to the instructions on the label. Do not take more or less than instructed by your doctor.

Take Bromocriptine with food.

If you are taking Bromocriptine for the very first time, take it with a snack just before you sleep. This is to minimise dizziness which may occur with the first dose of Bromocriptine.

Thereafter, you may take Bromocriptine at a time convenient for you. Try to take it at the same time each day.

Bromocriptine must be taken regularly for it to be effective. Continue taking Bromocriptine even when you feel better. Do not stop taking it unless instructed otherwise, as stopping it suddenly could worsen your condition.
What should I do if I have forgotten to take this medicine?
Take the missed dose as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and return to your normal schedule.

DO NOT double a dose under any circumstances.

If you often forget to take your medicine, let your doctor or pharmacist know.
When should I not use this medicine?
Alert your doctor if you have the following conditions:

- uncontrolled high blood pressure
- high blood pressure during pregnancy or after giving birth
- lactase deficiency or glucose-galactose malabsorption
as Bromocriptine may not be suitable for you.

Do not take Bromocriptine if you are breastfeeding.
What should I take note of while taking this medicine?
Inform your doctor if you have the following conditions:

- kidney disease
- liver disease
- heart disease
- history of stomach ulcer
- history of mental illness

Let your doctor know if you are pregnant.
What side effects could I experience?
Bromocriptine may cause drowsiness or dizziness. Bromocriptine may also cause you to suddenly fall asleep during your daily activities such as eating and watching television. You may not feel drowsy before you fall asleep. If affected, do not drive or take part in any activity in which you need to be alert.

Bromocriptine may cause your blood pressure to drop suddenly when you get up from a sitting or lying down position and you may feel giddy. To minimise this problem, stand up slowly.

Other side effects include any of the following: nausea, vomiting, dry mouth, dizziness, stomach pain, constipation, diarrhoea, nasal congestion, headache, tiredness and leg cramps. These side effects are common especially when you have just started taking Bromocriptine.

Let your doctor know if you:

- experience hallucinations (seeing, hearing or feeling things that are not existent)
- have difficulty controlling your movements
- have breathing difficulties or persistent cough
- pass out blood or black, tarry stools or vomit coffee-ground-like vomitus

Inform your doctor if any of these side effects do not go away or are severe, or if you experience other side effects.
Can I take this with other medicines?
Inform your doctor and pharmacist if you are taking any of these medicines:

- medicines for mood disorder e.g. haloperidol, thioridazine
- blood pressure or heart medicines
- migraine medicines e.g. ergotamine
- antibiotics e.g. josamycin, erythromycin
- medicines for fungal infection e.g. griseofulvin, ketoconazole
- medicine for HIV e.g. ritonavir
- medicines for nausea or vomiting e.g. metoclopromide, domperidone

This list does not include all medicines that may interact with Bromocriptine.

Always notify your doctor and pharmacist if you are taking any other medicines, including herbal tonics such as traditional Chinese medicine, supplements and medicines that you buy without a prescription.
What special dietary instructions should I follow?
Avoid alcohol.
How should I store this medicine?
Store in a cool, dry place away from the reach of children.

Medicines must not be used past the expiry date.
This information is independently developed by MIMS based on bromocriptine - oral and is provided for your reference only. It is not a replacement for and should only be used in conjunction with full consultation with a licensed healthcare professional, the information provided by your pharmacist and/or the manufacturer of the medication. It may not contain all the available information you require and cannot substitute professional medical care, nor does it take into account all individual circumstances. Although great effort has been made to ensure content accuracy, we shall not be held responsible or liable for any claims or damages arising from the use or misuse of the information contained herein, its contents or omissions, or otherwise. Copyright © 2023 MIMS. All rights reserved. Powered by
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