Description and Brand Names

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US Brand Name

  1. Cycloset
  2. Parlodel

Descriptions


Bromocriptine belongs to the group of medicines known as ergot alkaloids. Bromocriptine blocks the release of a hormone called prolactin from the pituitary gland. Prolactin affects the menstrual cycle and milk production.

Bromocriptine is used to treat certain menstrual problems (e.g., amenorrhea) in women and stops milk production in some men and women who have abnormal milk leakage. It is also used to treat infertility in both men and women that occurs because the body is making too much prolactin.

Bromocriptine is also used to treat acromegaly (overproduction of growth hormone) and pituitary prolactinomas (tumors of the pituitary gland).

Bromocriptine is also used to treat the signs and symptoms of Parkinson's disease, often in combination with levodopa

Bromocriptine is also used together with a proper diet and exercise to treat high blood sugar levels in patients with type 2 diabetes.

This medicine is available only with your doctor's prescription.

Once a medicine has been approved for marketing for a certain use, experience may show that it is also useful for other medical problems. Although these uses are not included in product labeling, bromocriptine is used in certain patients with the following medical conditions:

  • To stop milk production after an abortion or miscarriage or in women after a delivery who should not breastfeed for medical reasons.
  • Neuroleptic malignant syndrome.

This product is available in the following dosage forms:

  • Tablet
  • Capsule