Generic name: Bromocriptine (Cycloset) [ broe-moe-KRIP-teen ]
Brand name: Cycloset
Drug classes: Dopaminergic antiparkinsonism agents, Prolactin inhibitors
Medically reviewed by Drugs.com. Last updated on Mar 23, 2023.
Uses of Bromocriptine:
- It is used to lower blood sugar in patients with high blood sugar (diabetes).
- It may be given to you for other reasons. Talk with the doctor.
What do I need to tell my doctor BEFORE I take Bromocriptine?
- If you have an allergy to bromocriptine or any other part of bromocriptine (cycloset).
- If you are allergic to bromocriptine (cycloset); any part of bromocriptine (cycloset); or any other drugs, foods, or substances. Tell your doctor about the allergy and what signs you had.
- If you have high blood pressure.
- If you have a rare hereditary problem of galactose intolerance, Lapp lactase deficiency, or glucose-galactose malabsorption.
- If you take any drugs (prescription or OTC, natural products, vitamins) that must not be taken with bromocriptine (cycloset), like certain drugs that are used for mental or mood problems, migraines, or stomach or bowel problems. There are many drugs that must not be taken with bromocriptine (cycloset).
- If you are pregnant or plan to get pregnant.
- If you have just had a baby.
- If you are breast-feeding. Do not breast-feed while you take bromocriptine (cycloset).
- If you have fainting headaches.
- If you have mental illness.
- If you have any of these health problems: Acidic blood problem or type 1 diabetes.
This is not a list of all drugs or health problems that interact with bromocriptine (cycloset).
Tell your doctor and pharmacist about all of your drugs (prescription or OTC, natural products, vitamins) and health problems. You must check to make sure that it is safe for you to take bromocriptine (cycloset) with all of your drugs and health problems. Do not start, stop, or change the dose of any drug without checking with your doctor.
What are some things I need to know or do while I take Bromocriptine?
- Tell all of your health care providers that you take bromocriptine (cycloset). This includes your doctors, nurses, pharmacists, and dentists.
- Avoid driving and doing other tasks or actions that call for you to be alert until you see how bromocriptine (cycloset) affects you.
- If you have ever felt sleepy or have fallen asleep all of a sudden when taking bromocriptine (cycloset), avoid doing tasks or actions that may not be safe for you or others if you pass out. These are driving, climbing, and swimming.
- To lower the chance of feeling dizzy or passing out, rise slowly if you have been sitting or lying down. Be careful going up and down stairs.
- Talk with your doctor before you drink alcohol.
- Check your blood pressure as you have been told.
- Have blood work checked as you have been told by the doctor. Talk with the doctor.
- If you have been taking bromocriptine (cycloset) for many weeks, talk with your doctor before stopping. You may want to slowly stop bromocriptine (cycloset).
- It may be harder to control blood sugar during times of stress such as fever, infection, injury, or surgery. A change in physical activity, exercise, or diet may also affect blood sugar.
- Follow the diet and workout plan that your doctor told you about.
- Check your blood sugar as you have been told by your doctor.
How is this medicine (Bromocriptine) best taken?
Use bromocriptine (cycloset) as ordered by your doctor. Read all information given to you. Follow all instructions closely.
- Take with food to prevent an upset stomach.
- Keep taking bromocriptine (cycloset) as you have been told by your doctor or other health care provider, even if you feel well.
- Take within 2 hours of waking up.
What do I do if I miss a dose?
- If you miss a dose, wait until the next day to take your normal dose.
- Do not take 2 doses at the same time or extra doses.
What are some side effects that I need to call my doctor about right away?
WARNING/CAUTION: Even though it may be rare, some people may have very bad and sometimes deadly side effects when taking a drug. Tell your doctor or get medical help right away if you have any of the following signs or symptoms that may be related to a very bad side effect:
- Signs of an allergic reaction, like rash; hives; itching; red, swollen, blistered, or peeling skin with or without fever; wheezing; tightness in the chest or throat; trouble breathing, swallowing, or talking; unusual hoarseness; or swelling of the mouth, face, lips, tongue, or throat.
- Signs of high or low blood pressure like very bad headache or dizziness, passing out, or change in eyesight.
- Mental, mood, or behavior changes that are new or worse.
- Low blood sugar can happen. The chance may be raised when bromocriptine (cycloset) is used with other drugs for diabetes. Signs may be dizziness, headache, feeling sleepy or weak, shaking, fast heartbeat, confusion, hunger, or sweating. Call your doctor right away if you have any of these signs. Follow what you have been told to do for low blood sugar. This may include taking glucose tablets, liquid glucose, or some fruit juices.
What are some other side effects of Bromocriptine?
All drugs may cause side effects. However, many people have no side effects or only have minor side effects. Call your doctor or get medical help if any of these side effects or any other side effects bother you or do not go away:
- Upset stomach or throwing up.
- Feeling dizzy, sleepy, tired, or weak.
- Runny or stuffy nose.
- Not hungry.
These are not all of the side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, call your doctor. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects.
You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-332-1088. You may also report side effects at https://www.fda.gov/medwatch.
If OVERDOSE is suspected:
If you think there has been an overdose, call your poison control center or get medical care right away. Be ready to tell or show what was taken, how much, and when it happened.
How do I store and/or throw out Bromocriptine?
- Store at room temperature protected from light. Store in a dry place. Do not store in a bathroom.
- Keep all drugs in a safe place. Keep all drugs out of the reach of children and pets.
- Throw away unused or expired drugs. Do not flush down a toilet or pour down a drain unless you are told to do so. Check with your pharmacist if you have questions about the best way to throw out drugs. There may be drug take-back programs in your area.
Consumer Information Use and Disclaimer
- If your symptoms or health problems do not get better or if they become worse, call your doctor.
- Do not share your drugs with others and do not take anyone else's drugs.
- Some drugs may have another patient information leaflet. Check with your pharmacist. If you have any questions about bromocriptine (cycloset), please talk with your doctor, nurse, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
- If you think there has been an overdose, call your poison control center or get medical care right away. Be ready to tell or show what was taken, how much, and when it happened.
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