This medication guide provides information about the Parlodel brand of bromocriptine. Cycloset is another brand of bromocriptine that is not covered in this medication guide.

The Parlodel brand of bromocriptine is used to treat certain conditions caused by a hormone imbalance in which there is too much prolactin in the blood (hyperprolactinemia). Symptoms include lack of sexual development in adolescents. Women may have missed menstrual periods, loss of interest in sex, hot flashes, infertility, or unexpected breast milk production and leakage from the nipples. Men may have enlarged breasts, decreased libido, decreased facial or body hair, and loss of muscle. Parlodel is also used to treat these disorders when they are caused by brain tumors that can produce prolactin.

Parlodel is sometimes used together with surgery or radiation in treating acromegaly, a condition caused by a pituitary gland tumor that produces too much growth hormone. Parlodel is also used to treat symptoms of Parkinson’s disease, such as stiffness, tremors, muscle spasms, and poor muscle control.

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  • Parlodel
  • More common
    Dizziness or lightheadedness, especially when getting up from a lying or sitting position
    Less common—reported more often in patients with Parkinson's disease
    hallucinations (seeing, hearing, or feeling things that are not there)
    uncontrolled movements of the body, such as the face, tongue, arms, hands, head, and upper body
    Rare—reported more often in patients taking large doses
    Abdominal or stomach pain (continuing or severe)
    increased frequency of urination
    loss of appetite (continuing)
    lower back pain
    runny nose (continuing)
    Black, tarry stools
    bloody vomit
    chest pain (severe)
    convulsions (seizures)
    fast heartbeat
    headache (unusual)
    increased sweating
    nausea and vomiting (continuing or severe)
    shortness of breath (unexplained)
    vision changes (such as blurred vision or temporary blindness)
    weakness (sudden)
    Severity: Minor
    Some of the side effects that can occur with bromocriptine may not need medical attention. As your body adjusts to the medicine during treatment these side effects may go away. Your health care professional may also be able to tell you about ways to reduce or prevent some of these side effects. If any of the following side effects continue, are bothersome or if you have any questions about them, check with your health care professional:

    Less common
    drowsiness or tiredness
    dry mouth
    leg cramps at night
    loss of appetite
    mental depression
    stomach pain
    stuffy nose
    tingling or pain in the fingers and toes when exposed to cold
  • (oral tablet, oral capsule, compounding powder)