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.
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
chest pain (severe)
nausea and vomiting (continuing or severe)
shortness of breath (unexplained)
vision changes (such as blurred vision or temporary blindness)
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:
drowsiness or tiredness
leg cramps at night
loss of appetite
tingling or pain in the fingers and toes when exposed to cold
(oral tablet, oral capsule, compounding powder)