Cabergoline

Generic Name: Cabergoline

  • What is Cabergoline?

    Cabergoline is used to treat hyperprolactinemia (an increase in a hormone called prolactin which can affect lactation, fertility, and menstruation). Cabergoline will work to decrease the levels of the hormone in your body.

  • What is the most important information I should know about Cabergoline?

    A heart disorder involving the heart valves may develop while taking cabergoline. Your doctor may periodically perform tests to monitor your heart status. Notify your doctor if you experience shortness of breath, persistent cough, difficulty with breathing when lying down, or swelling of the hands and feet.

    A lung condition involving scarring and fluid build-up has been reported with long-term use of cabergoline.

    Extreme gambling and increased sexual desire have been reported in patients taking cabergoline.

    Cabergoline can cause orthostatic hypotension (a sudden fall in blood pressure). Be careful when using cabergoline with other drugs that may lower blood pressure.

  • Who should not take Cabergoline?

    Do not take cabergoline if you are allergic to ergot derivatives (such as ergotamine and bromocriptine).

    Do not take cabergoline if you have uncontrolled high blood pressure, high blood pressure due to pregnancy, or a history of certain lung or heart disorders.

  • What should I tell my doctor before I take the first dose of Cabergoline?

    Tell your doctor about all prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal medications you are taking before beginning treatment with cabergoline. Also, talk to your doctor about your complete medical history, especially if you have high blood pressure; heart, liver, or lung problems; or are pregnant or plan to become pregnant.

  • What is the usual dosage?

    The information below is based on the dosage guidelines your doctor uses. Depending on your condition and medical history, your doctor may prescribe a different regimen. Do not change the dosage or stop taking your medication without your doctor's approval.

    Adults: The usual starting dose is 0.25 milligrams (mg) twice a week. Your doctor may increase your dose as appropriate, depending on your prolactin hormone level and response.

  • How should I take Cabergoline?

    Take cabergoline exactly as prescribed by your doctor.

  • What should I avoid while taking Cabergoline?

    Avoid abrupt physical activity. Cabergoline may cause a decrease in blood pressure when you suddenly stand up, which may lead to dizziness and falls.

  • What are possible food and drug interactions associated with Cabergoline?

    If cabergoline is taken with certain other drugs, the effects of either could be increased, decreased, or altered. It is especially important to check with your doctor before combining cabergoline with the following: blood pressure-lowering medicines (enalapril, furosemide), butyrophenones (haloperidol), metoclopramide, phenothiazines (chlorpromazine, fluphenazine), or thioxanthenes (thiothixene).

  • What are the possible side effects of Cabergoline?

    Side effects cannot be anticipated. If any develop or change in intensity, tell your doctor as soon as possible. Only your doctor can determine if it is safe for you to continue taking this drug.

    Side effects may include: constipation, depression, dizziness, drowsiness, fatigue, headache, hot flashes, low blood pressure, nausea, upset stomach, vomiting, weakness

  • Can I receive Cabergoline if I am pregnant or breastfeeding?

    The effects of cabergoline during pregnancy and breastfeeding are unknown. Cabergoline may interfere with the production of breast milk and should not be taken during breastfeeding. Tell your doctor immediately if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.

  • What should I do if I miss a dose of Cabergoline?

    If you miss a dose of cabergoline, take it as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the one you missed and return to your regular dosing schedule. Do not take two doses at once.

  • How should I store Cabergoline?

    Store at room temperature.