bromocriptine - oral, Parlodel (cont.)

PRECAUTIONS: Before taking bromocriptine, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to it; or to other ergot medications (e.g., ergonovine, pergolide); or if you have any other allergies. This product may contain inactive ingredients, which can cause allergic reactions or other problems. Talk to your pharmacist for more details.This medication should not be used if you have certain medical conditions. Before using this medicine, consult your doctor or pharmacist if you have: certain genetic enzyme problems (galactose intolerance, lactase deficiency, glucose-galactose malabsorption), uncontrolled high blood pressure.Before using this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist your medical history, especially of: blood flow problems (e.g., peripheral vascular disease, Raynaud's disease), low blood pressure, breathing problems (e.g., pulmonary fibrosis), gastrointestinal bleeding (e.g., peptic ulcer), heart problems (e.g., coronary artery disease, angina, heart attack, irregular heartbeat), kidney disease, liver disease, mental/mood disorders (e.g., depression, psychosis, schizophrenia, dementia), recent pregnancy (especially with high blood pressure).This drug may make you dizzy or drowsy. Do not drive, use machinery, or do any activity that requires alertness until you are sure you can perform such activities safely. Avoid alcoholic beverages.Bromocriptine can decrease blood circulation in the fingers and toes, especially during exposure to cold, increasing the risk of damage (e.g., frostbite). Keep hands and feet warm during cold weather.During pregnancy, this medication should be used only when clearly needed. This medication can cause a dangerous increase in blood pressure during pregnancy. Discuss the risks and benefits with your doctor. If you are using this medication to make your periods regular and you are sexually active, a pregnancy test is recommended at least once every 4 weeks. Once your period has restarted, pregnancy tests are recommended every time you miss a period. Discuss non-hormonal birth control methods (e.g., condom, diaphragm) with your doctor. If you become pregnant or think you may be pregnant, tell your doctor immediately.This drug may affect breast milk production. Therefore, breast-feeding is not recommended while using this drug. Consult your doctor before breast-feeding.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 4/16/2014

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