Bromocriptine is a medication that has several uses due to a common mechanism of action that produces different responses in a variety of body systems. These responses can be categorised as endocrinological (hormone function) and neurological (nerve function). Apo-Bromocriptine tablets 2.5mg are primarily used to treat conditions resulting from high levels of prolactin (hyperprolactinaemia), which is a hormone produced by the pituitary gland (a small gland in the base of the brain). Hyperprolactinaemia suppresses normal functioning of the female and male reproductive process and can cause menstrual disorders and infertility; it can also cause over-production of breast milk in men and women (galactorrhoea). Apo-Bromocriptine is used treat menstrual disorders, infertility, galactorrhoea and to suppress milk production for medical conditions such as after a still birth; also to treat prolactinoma, a benign tumour of the pituitary gland that over-produces prolactin. Apo-Bromocriptine tablets 2.5mg have other actions that are used to treat a condition called acromegaly, caused by over-production of growth hormone by the pituitary gland; also to treat Parkinsons Disease either alone as monotherapy or in combination with other anti-parkinsonion drugs.
Bromocriptine is also used to treat high levels of a certain hormone made by the body (prolactin). High levels of prolactin may cause problems such as unwanted breast milk, missed/stopped periods, difficulty becoming pregnant, decreased sperm production, and decreased sexual ability. Bromocriptine may be used to treat a type of tumor which causes the high levels of prolactin (prolactin-secreting adenomas). It can help to reduce the tumor size. Bromocriptine is not recommended for stopping unwant.
Bromocriptine 2.5mg (Parlodel) is used to treat symptoms of hyperprolactinemia (high levels of a natural substance called prolactin in the body) including lack of menstrual periods, discharge from the nipples, infertility (difficulty becoming pregnant) and hypogonadism (low levels of certain natural substances needed for normal development and sexual function). Bromocriptine (Parlodel) may be used to treat hyperprolactinemia caused by certain types of tumors that produce prolactin, and may shrink these tumors. Bromocriptine (Parlodel) is also used alone or with other treatments to treat acromegaly (condition in which there is too much growth hormone in the body) and Parkinson’s disease (PD; a disorder of the nervous system that causes difficulties with movement, muscle control, and balance). Bromocriptine (Cycloset) is used with a diet and exercise program and sometimes with other medications to control blood sugar levels in people with type 2 diabetes (condition in which the body does not use insulin normally and therefore cannot control the amount of sugar in the blood). Bromocriptine (Cycloset) is not used to treat type 1 diabetes (condition in which the body does not produce insulin and therefore cannot control the amount of sugar in the blood) or diabetic ketoacidosis (a serious condition that may develop if high blood sugar is not treated). Bromocriptine is in a class of medications called dopamine receptor agonists. It treats hyperprolactinemia by decreasing the amount of prolactin in the body. It treats acromegaly by decreasing the amount of growth hormone in the body. It treats Parkinson’s disease by stimulating the nerves that control movement. The way bromocriptine works to treat diabetes is not known.
Bromocriptine is also used together with a proper diet and exercise to treat high blood sugar levels in patients with type 2 diabetes.
This medicine is available only with your doctor’s prescription.
Once a medicine has been approved for marketing for a certain use, experience may show that it is also useful for other medical problems. Although these uses are not included in product labeling, bromocriptine is used in certain patients with the following medical conditions:
To stop milk production after an abortion or miscarriage or in women after a delivery who should not breastfeed for medical reasons.
Neuroleptic malignant syndrome.