Quick guide to Cabergoline

Brand Name(s): Dostinex

Generic Name Cabergoline

What are cabergoline tablets?

Cabergoline (Dostinex®) is used to treat high levels of prolactin, a hormone made by the body that affects such things as the menstrual cycle, breast milk production, fertility, and sexual function. Cabergoline also treats high levels of prolactin which occur with certain tumors such as adenomas. This medication is sometimes used for the treatment of Parkinson's disease or restless-legs syndrome. Generic cabergoline tablets are not yet available.

What should my health care professional know before I take cabergoline?

They need to know if you have any of these conditions:

  • anxiety
  • depression
  • heart disease
  • high or low blood pressure
  • liver disease
  • lung disease
  • memory disorder
  • schizophrenia
  • an unusual or allergic reaction to cabergoline, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives
  • pregnant or trying to get pregnant
  • breast-feeding

How should I take this medicine?

Take cabergoline tablets by mouth. Depending on your illness, you may take as little as one pill twice per week to as much as one pill daily. This medicine may be taken with or without food. Follow the directions on the prescription label. Do not take your medicine more often than directed.

Contact your pediatrician or health care professional regarding the use of this medicine in children. Special care may be needed.

What if I miss a dose?

If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, take only that dose. Do not take double or extra doses.

What drug(s) may interact with cabergoline?

  • blood pressure medications
  • chlorpromazine
  • cimetidine
  • clozapine
  • dihydroergotamine
  • ergoloid mesylates
  • ergotamine
  • fluphenazine
  • haloperidol
  • levodopa
  • loxapine
  • mesoridazine
  • methyldopa
  • methysergide
  • metoclopramide
  • molindone
  • olanzapine
  • perphenazine
  • pimozide
  • prochlorperazine
  • promethazine
  • quetiapine
  • risperidone
  • thiethylperazine
  • thioridazine
  • thiothixene

Tell your physician or health care provider about all other medicines you are taking, including non-prescription medicines, if you are a frequent user of drinks with caffeine or alcohol, if you smoke, or if you use illegal drugs. These may affect the way your medicine works. Check with your health care professional before stopping or starting any of your medicines.

What side effects may I notice from taking cabergoline?

Side effects that you should report to your prescriber as soon as possible:

  • confusion
  • nausea/vomiting
  • shortness of breath, wheezing
  • skin rash, skin lumps, or hives
  • tingling or numbness in hands or feet
  • weakness

Stop using cabergoline and call your prescriber as soon as you can if you get any of these side effects.

Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your prescriber or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):

  • constipation
  • diarrhea
  • dizziness
  • drowsiness
  • dry mouth
  • headache
  • indigestion
  • low blood pressure
  • nervousness
  • pain in stomach or abdomen
  • pain with menstruation
  • swelling in ankles
  • tiredness

What should I watch for while taking cabergoline?

If you are going to have surgery, tell your prescriber or health care professional that you are taking cabergoline.

It may be helpful to take cabergoline with food if you experience nausea, stomach pain, or indigestion after taking it.

If you experience dry mouth while taking cabergoline, make sure to drink plenty of water. It may also be helpful to suck on sugarless hard candy or crushed ice. If your dry mouth is severe, ask your doctor about a saliva substitute.

Cabergoline can sometimes cause the blood pressure to temporarily drop. This may happen suddenly causing dizziness or lightheadedness if you try to stand up too quickly. Make sure to get up slowly from a lying or sitting position while taking cabergoline.

Cabergoline may make you drowsy or dizzy. Do not drive, use machinery, or do anything that needs mental alertness until you know how cabergoline affects you. Avoid alcoholic beverages while taking cabergoline. Alcohol may add to side effects such as drowsiness or dizziness.

Where can I keep my medicine?

Keep out of the reach of children in a container that small children cannot open.

Store at room temperature between 20 and 25 °C (68 and 77 °F). Protect from light and moisture. Throw away any unused medicine after the expiration date.

(Note: The above information is not intended to replace the advice of your physician, pharmacist, or other healthcare professional. It is not meant to indicate that the use of the product is safe, appropriate, or effective for you.)

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