pergolide - oral, Permax (cont.)

PRECAUTIONS: Before taking pergolide, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to it; or to other ergot medications (e.g., bromocriptine); 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.Before using this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist your medical history, especially of: low blood pressure, heart problems (e.g., fast/ irregular heartbeat, heart failure, heart valve problems), kidney problems, lung problems (e.g., pulmonary fibrosis), mental/mood disorders (e.g., confusion, hallucinations, psychosis, schizophrenia), sleep disorder (e.g., sleep apnea, narcolepsy).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.To reduce dizziness and lightheadedness, get up slowly when rising from a sitting or lying position.Kidney function declines as you grow older. This medication is removed by the kidneys. Therefore, elderly people may be at greater risk for side effects such as dizziness and hallucinations.During pregnancy, this medication should be used only when clearly needed. Discuss the risks and benefits with your doctor.It is not known whether this drug passes into breast milk. It may affect milk production. Therefore, breast-feeding is not recommended while using this drug. Consult your doctor before breast-feeding.

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