Parlodel

(bromocriptine)

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Used with other medicines to treat Parkinson's disease, and to stabilize certain hormones.

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Parlodel (bromocriptine) is a good medicine to add to other medicines for Parkinson's disease when they start to not work so well.

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Quick facts about bromocriptine
  • Drug class: Neuro/psych
  • Rx status: Prescription only
  • Generic status: Lower-cost generic available (bromocriptine)

Upsides

  • Parlodel (bromocriptine) is a good choice to take with other medicines for Parkinson's disease because it raises your dopamine levels differently than others.
  • Parlodel (bromocriptine) is available as generic.
  • Parlodel (bromocriptine) pills can be broken in half for more personalized dosing.
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Downsides

  • Parlodel (bromocriptine) is only recommended for Parkinson's disease to take with other medicines. It's not a first choice medicine.
  • Your doctor might have to change the dose of Parlodel (bromocriptine) often.
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How it works

Parlodel (bromocriptine) is an ergot derivative. In Parkinson's disease, it helps to increase the amount of dopamine in the body, which is lowered in people affected by the disease.

Quick facts about bromocriptine
  • Drug class: Neuro/psych
  • Rx status: Prescription only
  • Generic status: Lower-cost generic available (bromocriptine)

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What to expect when you take Parlodel (bromocriptine) for Acromegaly

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  • Possible side effects
  • Lower blood pressure
  • Sleepiness
  • Nausea
  • Headache
  • Dizziness
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Side effect rates for Parlodel (bromocriptine)

  • Nausea
    18%18%
  • Constipation
    14%14%
  • Low blood pressure
    6%6%
  • Loss of appetite
    4%4%
  • Dry mouth/stuffy nose
    4%4%
  • Indigestion
    4%4%
  • Cold arms/legs
    3%3%
  • Drowsiness
    3%3%
  • Vomiting
    2%2%
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The placebo bar shows how common a side effect was for people taking a sugar pill instead of bromocriptine.

Parlodel (bromocriptine)
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People taking bromocriptine felt side effect more

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Risks and Warnings for Parlodel (bromocriptine)

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  • People have complained of sleepiness when starting Parlodel (bromocriptine). This usually goes away after a few days to weeks. Don't drive or do anything that requires concentration until you know how it affects you.

Common concerns from people taking Parlodel (bromocriptine)

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Pregnancy

Research studies with animals haven’t found a risk to unborn babies, but it hasn’t been properly studied in humans.

Tip: Always talk with your doctor before you take any medication while pregnant.
FDA pregnancy category for bromocriptine
BProbably safe
Alcohol
  • Don't drink alcohol while taking Parlodel (bromocriptine).
Food
  • Take Parlodel (bromocriptine) with food to avoid stomach upset.
Sleep
  • People have complained of sleepiness when starting Parlodel (bromocriptine). This usually goes away after a few days to weeks. Don't drive or do anything that requires concentration until you know how it affects you.