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.
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.
Low blood pressure (hypotension) has been
reported in some patients taking bromocriptine. The risk of experiencing
hypotension is particularly of concern when treatment is first started or after
increases in dose. Patients who are just starting treatment are advised to stand
up slowly when getting up from a sitting or lying down position to avoid injury
from falls due to dizziness or lightheadedness (orthostatic hypotension).
Some patients with pre-existing mental
disorders may experience worsening psychotic symptoms or bromocriptine may
reduce the effectiveness of some medications used to treat
Bromocriptine may cause sleepiness or
drowsiness. Patients should not drive or operate machinery until they know how
they will respond to the medication.
Certain medications used to treat
schizophrenia and other mental disorders
may interact with the way bromocriptine works.
GENERIC AVAILABLE: Yes
PREPARATIONS: Tablets: 2.5 mg; Capsules: 5 mg
STORAGE: Bromocriptine tablets and capsules should be stored at room
temperature, between 15 C and 30 C (59 F and 86 F).
DOSING: Bromocriptine should be taken with meals.
The dose for treating hyperprolactinemia is 2.5 to 15 mg daily. The initial dose for treating
acromegaly is 1.25 to 2.5 mg at night. The dose may be increased by 1.25 to 2.5
mg every 3 to 7 days up to a maximum dose of 100 mg daily.
is started at 1.25 mg every 12 hours. The dose may be increased by 2.5 mg a day
every 2 to 4 weeks up to a maximum dose of 100 mg daily.