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Bromocriptine Mesylate

Bromocriptine Mesylate

What Is Bromocriptine?

This medication guide provides information about the Cycloset brand of bromocriptine. Parlodel is another brand of bromocriptine that is not covered in this medication guide.

The Cycloset brand of bromocriptine is used together with diet and exercise to treat type 2 diabetes. Cycloset is not for treating type 1 diabetes.

Bromocriptine may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.

This medication guide provides information about the Cycloset brand of bromocriptine. Parlodel is another brand of bromocriptine that is not covered in this medication guide.

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 breast-feed a baby while taking bromocriptine.

Tell your doctor right away if you become pregnant while taking bromocriptine.

Bromocriptine Side Effects

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 this medicine and call your doctor at once if you have a serious side effect such as:

  • vision problems, constant runny nose;
  • chest pain, pain when you breathe, fast heart rate, rapid breathing, feeling short of breath (especially when lying down);
  • back pain, swelling in your ankles or feet, urinating less than usual or not at all;
  • confusion, hallucinations, feeling like you might pass out;
  • low blood sugar (headache, hunger, weakness, sweating, tremors, irritability, trouble concentrating);
  • muscle movements you cannot control, loss of balance or coordination;
  • bloody or tarry stools, coughing up blood or vomit that looks like coffee grounds; or
  • dangerously high blood pressure (severe headache, blurred vision, buzzing in your ears, anxiety, confusion, chest pain, shortness of breath, uneven heartbeats, seizure).

Warnings

Drowsiness warning: While taking bromocriptine, you may have sudden drowsiness, or fall asleep without warning. Avoid driving or using machinery until you know how this drug affects you.

Low blood pressure warning: When first starting bromocriptine, you may have episodes of low blood pressure that can cause dizziness or fainting. These episodes occur more often when you stand after sitting or lying down. This is called orthostatic hypotension. To help prevent this, move slowly when changing positions.

Heart attack, stroke, or seizure warning: In some cases, bromocriptine can cause heart attack, stroke, or seizures. The risk may be higher in women who have just given birth and take this drug to reduce the amount of milk they produce. It may also be higher in people with uncontrolled high blood pressure.

Compulsive behaviors warning: Bromocriptine may cause intense urges to gamble, spend money, or binge eat. It may also cause increased sexual urges or other intense urges. You may not be able to control these urges. Tell your doctor right away if you have any of these urges.

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