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Bromocriptine is listed within the group of medications known as ergot alkaloids. It can be used to inhibit the pituitary gland from releasing prolactin, a benefit to patients with hyperprolactinemia who may be experiencing extreme or abnormal breast milk production and/or certain menstrual problems due to excess prolactin within the blood. As a dopamine agonist, for patients suffering from Parkinson disease it functions by activating the brain's dopamine receptors, and for patients with acromegaly it may be prescribed as a drug to decrease growth hormone levels.

How to Use Bromocriptine

Bromocriptine may be in capsule or tablet form and is taken orally, with food, typically once per day. Your doctor will decide which option and what dosage is right for you. Follow doctor's directions. Consult with your compounding pharmacist if you have questions.

Possible Side Effects

Bromocriptine may cause side effects in some patients. Ask your doctor what to watch for. Common side effects seen with bromocriptine are:

  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea or Constipation
  • Leg Cramping
  • Depression
  • Drowsiness
  • Loss of Appetite
  • Stuffy Nose
  • Stomach Pain
  • Tingling and/or Pain (in fingers or toes)
  • Dry Mouth

Watch for the side effects listed above and contact your doctor if any of the aforementioned side effects do not go away or seem to be worsening. Contact your doctor if you experience any other side effects not listed above if they are concerning to you. Some patients may experience serious side effects. If you experience any of the following serious side effects seek medical treatment and assistance immediately:

  • Numbness or Tingling in Fingers
  • Pain in Fingers
  • Fainting
  • Seizures
  • Bloody Vomit or Granular-Looking Vomit like 'coffee grounds'
  • Swelling of the Feet, Ankles, and/or Lower Leg Area
  • Difficulty Speaking
  • Severe Headache
  • Tarry or Black Stool
  • Weakness or Numbness in Arms or Legs
  • Pain in Arms, Back, Jaw or Neck
  • Shortness of Breath
  • Hallucinations
  • Confusion
  • Blurry Vision
  • Difficulty with Vision
  • Chest Pain


As bromocriptine is prescribed as a treatment in many conditions and diseases, each unique, and each with possible pros and cons regarding the usage of bromocriptine for treatment, this custom drug may be contraindicated in certain patients. Only your doctor can assess whether bromocriptine is right for you. If you are considering bromocriptine, schedule a consultation and a full medical workup with your doctor before beginning use of bromocriptine.

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