bromocriptine (Parlodel)

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    Omudhome Ogbru, PharmD

    Dr. Ogbru received his Doctorate in Pharmacy from the University of the Pacific School of Pharmacy in 1995. He completed a Pharmacy Practice Residency at the University of Arizona/University Medical Center in 1996. He was a Professor of Pharmacy Practice and a Regional Clerkship Coordinator for the University of the Pacific School of Pharmacy from 1996-99.

  • Medical and Pharmacy Editor: Jay W. Marks, MD
    Jay W. Marks, MD

    Jay W. Marks, MD

    Jay W. Marks, MD, is a board-certified internist and gastroenterologist. He graduated from Yale University School of Medicine and trained in internal medicine and gastroenterology at UCLA/Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.

GENERIC NAME: bromocriptine

BRAND NAME: Parlodel

DRUG CLASS AND MECHANISM: Bromocriptine is a semisynthetic oral medication used for treating Parkinson's, acromegaly, and hyperprolactinemia. The benefits of bromocriptine are due to its stimulation of dopamine receptors. Stimulating dopamine receptors reduces the production of the pituitary hormone prolactin, reduces the levels of growth hormone in people with acromegaly, and improves symptoms of Parkinson's. The FDA approved bromocriptine on June 28, 1978.

PRESCRIBED FOR: Bromocriptine is used for treating symptoms of high levels of prolactin in the body (hyperprolactinemia), acromegaly, a condition in which there is too much growth hormone in the body, and signs and symptoms of Parkinson's disease.


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Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 10/13/2015

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