Parlodel (Bromocriptine) is a prescription medication that is used alone or combined with other medications to treat the symptoms of Parkinson’s disease such as muscle spasms, poor muscle control, stiffness and tremors. This medication is also used to treat high levels of a prolactin made by the body. It may also be used to a type of tumor which causes the high levels of prolactin. Bromocriptine belongs to a class of drugs called ergot alkaloids. It works by acting like dopamine in the brain. It also prevents the release of prolactin. Parlodel can lower the hormone levels but it does not cure the causes of the increased levels.
The brand Parlodel is available from United Kingdom and Australia manufactured by Novartis. The generic Bromocriptine is available from Canada in the strength of 2.5 mg tablets and 5 mg capsules manufactured by a different manufacturer.
The common side effects may include constipation, dizziness, drowsiness, headache, lightheadedness, nausea, tiredness and vomiting.
The serious side effects may include:
• Back pain;
• Black or bloody stools;
• Cold or slightly blue fingers or toes;
• Irregular heartbeat;
• Mental or mood changes;
• Severe stomach or abdominal pain;
• Signs of kidney problems;
• Swelling of ankles or feet;
• Unusual strong urges
This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Please call your doctor if you have any further concerns or questions.
You should not take Parlodel if you are allergic to Bromocriptine or if you have any other allergies. Before you start using this medication, talk to your doctor about your medical history and about all the medications you take including OTC and herbal medications. This medication may make you dizzy or drowsy. You should not drive, use machinery or do any activity that requires you to be alert. Keep your hands and feet warm during cold weather as this medication can reduce blood flow in the fingers and toes during exposure to cold. Parlodel should only be used during pregnancy if it is clearly needed. Talk to your doctor before breast-feeding as this medication may affect your breast milk production.
The generic alternative is not manufactured by the company that makes the brand product.
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