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Cabergoline is a medicine used to treat symptoms associated with hyperprolactinemia (an increase in a hormone called prolactin that can affect lactation, menstruation, and fertility).
How does this medication work?
Cabergoline works by lowering levels of prolactin in the body, thereby improving your symptoms.
What are the beneficial effects of this medication and when should I begin to have results?
What: Cabergoline may help to relieve symptoms associated with hyperprolactinemia.
When: Everyone responds differently to treatment, so try to be patient and follow your healthcare provider's directions. It is important that you take cabergoline exactly as your healthcare provider has prescribed.
How do I know it is working?
Your healthcare provider may ask you a series of questions from time to time that will help assess how well your symptoms are controlled with treatment. Your healthcare provider may also order tests regularly to check how well this medication is working.
The following is not a full list of side effects. Side effects cannot be anticipated. If any develop or change in intensity, tell your healthcare provider as soon as possible. Only your healthcare provider can determine if it is safe for you to continue taking this medication.
More common side effects may include: nausea, constipation, headache, dizziness.
Less common side effects may include:
Lung problems, with symptoms such as shortness of breath, persistent cough, difficulty with breathing when lying down, or swelling in your fingers or toes.
Do not take cabergoline if you are allergic to it, any of its ingredients, or to similar medicines known as ergot alkaloids (such as dihydroergotamine).
Do not take cabergoline if you have uncontrolled high blood pressure.
Do not take cabergoline if you have a history of heart, lung, or urinary problems.
Tell your healthcare provider about all prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal medications you are taking before beginning treatment with cabergoline. Also, talk to your healthcare provider about your complete medical history, especially if you have heart problems, or if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.
The information below is based on the dosage guidelines your healthcare provider uses. Depending on your condition and medical history, your healthcare provider may prescribe a different regimen. Do not change the dosage or stop taking your medication without your healthcare provider's approval.
Adults: The recommended starting dose is 0.25 milligrams twice a week. Your healthcare provider may increase your dose as needed, until the desired effect is achieved.
Take cabergoline exactly as prescribed by your healthcare provider.
Do not change your dose or stop taking cabergoline without first talking to your healthcare provider.
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 healthcare provider before combining cabergoline with the following: haloperidol, metoclopramide, phenothiazines (such as chlorpromazine), or thiothixene.
The effects of cabergoline during pregnancy and breastfeeding are unknown. Do not breastfeed while you are taking cabergoline. Tell your healthcare provider immediately if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.
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.
Store at room temperature.
In the event of a medical emergency call your doctor or 9-1-1 immediately. In the event of overdose, call your doctor or poison control for further instructions.
National Poison Control#: Call 1-800-222-1222
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