Generic Name: Cabergoline
Class: Ergot-derivative Dopamine Receptor Agonists
VA Class: AU900
Chemical Name: 1-[(6-allylergolin-8β-yl)-carbonyl]-1-[3-(dimethylamino)propyl]-3-ethylurea
Molecular Formula: C26H37N5O2
CAS Number: 81409-90-7
Medically reviewed by Drugs.com. Last updated on Sep 23, 2019.
The Dostinex brand name has been discontinued in the U.S. If generic versions of this product have been approved by the FDA, there may be generic equivalents available.
Uses for Dostinex
Treatment of hyperprolactinemic disorders due to prolactinoma (prolactin-secreting adenomas) or idiopathic hyperprolactinemia.1 2 3 12 13 14 Suppresses prolactin secretion, restores gonadal function, and reduces the size of prolactinomas.1 2 3 12 13 14
At least as effective as bromocriptine in normalizing serum prolactin concentrations and restoring gonadal function in women with hyperprolactinemic amenorrhea.12 13 Fewer adverse effects, especially adverse GI effects, reported in cabergoline-treated women than in bromocriptine-treated women.12 13 14 Bromocriptine preferred when restoration of fertility is the goal of therapy; this recommendation is based on the safety record of bromocriptine in pregnant women.14
Has been used as monotherapy for initial symptomatic management of parkinsonian syndrome†.8 9 11 Most clinicians would use levodopa for initial therapy in individuals >70 years of age (less likely than younger individuals to develop levodopa-related motor complications and because of concerns about cognitive dysfunction), in patients with cognitive impairment, and in those with severe disease.7 A dopamine receptor agonist may be preferred for initial therapy in patients ≤70 years of age.7
Dostinex Dosage and Administration
Administer orally without regard to meals.1
Hyperprolactinemic disorders: Administer twice weekly.1
Parkinsonian syndrome: Administer once daily.8
Initiate at low dosage and increase slowly (at ≥4 week intervals) until therapeutic response is achieved.1
Consider decreasing the dosage if normal serum prolactin concentrations maintained for 24 months and size of tumor decreased ≥50%; periodically monitor to determine whether retreatment is needed.14 15 Some patients (e.g., those with microadenomas) may be able to discontinue the drug; discontinuance in those with macroadenomas should be undertaken with extreme caution.14 15 The manufacturer states that efficacy >24 months not established.1
Initiate at low dosage and increase slowly (at intervals of 7 or 14 days) until the maximum therapeutic response is achieved.8
2–6 mg daily has been used.8
Therapy has been initiated with 1 mg once daily, then increased in increments of 0.5–1 mg at 7 or 14 day intervals until control of symptoms obtained.8
When cabergoline is used as an adjunct to levodopa, the levodopa dosage may be decreased gradually as tolerated.8
When therapy with a dopamine receptor agonist is discontinued, the drug is discontinued gradually.18
Dosages >1 mg twice weekly have not been systematically evaluated.1
No specific dosage recommendations at this time; use with caution in patients with severe hepatic impairment.1 (See Hepatic Impairment under Cautions and also see Absorption: Special Populations, under Pharmacokinetics.)
No specific dosage recommendations at this time.1 (See Elimination: Special Populations, under Pharmacokinetics.)
Select dosage carefully; start at low dosage.1 (See Geriatric Use under Cautions.)
Cautions for Dostinex
Hypertension during Pregnancy
Should not be used in patients with pregnancy-induced hypertension (e.g., preeclampsia, eclampsia) unless potential benefits outweigh possible risks.1
Use with caution in patients with history of, or current signs and/or symptoms of, respiratory or cardiac disorders linked to fibrotic tissue.1
When used for parkinsonian syndrome, observe the usual precautions associated with dopamine receptor agonist therapy in this patient population.8 9 17 18 Usual dosage for parkinsonian syndrome exceeds dosage used for hyperprolactinemia.1 17
Postpartum Breast Engorgement
Not indicated for the inhibition or suppression of lactation.1 Hypertension, cerebrovascular accidents, and seizures reported rarely when another dopamine receptor agonist (i.e., bromocriptine) was used for this indication.1
Category B.1 (See Hypertension during Pregnancy under Cautions.)
Safety and efficacy not established.1
Insufficient experience from clinical studies to determine whether patients ≥65 years of age respond differently than younger adults.1 Other clinical experience has not identified age-related differences in responses.1
Select dosage carefully, generally initiating therapy at low dosage.1 Consider the greater frequency of decreased hepatic, renal, or cardiac function and of concomitant disease or drug therapy in geriatric patients.1 2 3
Cabergoline extensively metabolized in liver; use with caution and monitor carefully.1 (See Absorption: Special Populations, under Pharmacokinetics.)
Common Adverse Effects
Patients with hyperprolactinemia: Nausea, constipation, abdominal pain, headache, dizziness, asthenia, fatigue, somnolence.1
Interactions for Dostinex
Dopamine antagonists (e.g., phenothiazines, butyrophenones, thioxanthenes, metoclopramide)
Possible reduced efficacy of cabergoline1
Additive therapeutic and/or adverse (e.g., dyskinesia) effects8
Consider a reduction in levodopa dosage when cabergoline is added to levodopa therapy8
Following oral administration of a single 0.6-mg dose of cabergoline, time to maximum prolactin-lowering effect was 48 hours.1
Prolactin-lowering effect persists for 14 days.1
Food does not alter the pharmacokinetics of cabergoline.1
Peak plasma concentrations and AUC not altered in patients with mild to moderate hepatic impairment (Child Pugh score ≤10).1 Peak plasma concentrations and AUC substantially increased in patients with severe impairment (Child Pugh score >10).1
Plasma Protein Binding
Excreted in feces (72%) and in urine (18% as metabolites and unchanged drug).17
Reduces serum prolactin concentrations by inhibiting release of prolactin from the anterior pituitary gland.1 This effect on hypothalamic/pituitary function attributed to the drug’s agonist activity at D2 receptors.1
Advice to Patients
Potential for hypotension.1
Importance of patients informing clinicians if cough or dyspnea develop.1
Importance of women informing clinicians if they are or plan to become pregnant or plan to breast-feed.1
Importance of informing clinicians of existing or contemplated concomitant therapy, including prescription and OTC drugs, as well as any concomitant illnesses (e.g., respiratory or cardiac disorders associated with fibrosis).1
Importance of informing patients of other important precautionary information.1 (See Cautions.)
Excipients in commercially available drug preparations may have clinically important effects in some individuals; consult specific product labeling for details.
Please refer to the ASHP Drug Shortages Resource Center for information on shortages of one or more of these preparations.
AHFS DI Essentials™. © Copyright 2020, Selected Revisions October 1, 2007. American Society of Health-System Pharmacists, Inc., 4500 East-West Highway, Suite 900, Bethesda, Maryland 20814.
1. Pfizer Inc. Dostinex(cabergoline) tablets prescribing information. New York, NY; 2007 Feb.
2. Webster J, Piscitelli G, Polli A et al. Dose-dependent suppression of serum prolactin by carbergoline in hyperprolactinemia: a placebo controlled, double blind, multicentre study. Clin Endocrinol. 1992; 37:534-41.
3. Webster J, Piscitelli G, Polli A et al. The efficacy and tolerability of long-term cabergoline therapy in hyperprolactinemic disorders; an open, uncontrolled, multicentre study. Clin Endocrinol. 1993; 39:323-9.
4. Clarke CE, Deane KHO. Cabergoline versus bromocriptine for levodopa-induced complications in Parkinson’s disease. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2001, Issue 1. Art. No.: CD001519. DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD001519.
5. Clarke CE, Deane KHO. Cabergoline for levodopa-induced complications in Parkinson’s disease. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2001, Issue 1. Art. No.: CD001518. DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD001518.
6. Pahwa R, Factor SA, Lyons KE et al. Practice parameter: treatment of Parkinson disease with motor fluctuations and dyskinesia (an evidence-based review): Report of the quality standards subcommittee of the American Academy of Neurology. Neurology. 2006; 66:983-95. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16606909?dopt=AbstractPlus
7. Olanow CW, Watts, RL, Koller WC. An algorithm (decision tree) for the management of Parkinson’s disease: treatment guidelines (2001). Neurology. 2001; 56 (Suppl):S1-88. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11402154?dopt=AbstractPlus
8. Curran MP, Perry CM. Cabergoline: a review of its use in the treatment of Parkinson’s disease. Drugs. 2004; 64:2125-41. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15341508?dopt=AbstractPlus
9. Miyasaki JM, Martin W, Suchowersky O et al. Practice parameter: initiation of treatment for Parkinson’s disease: an evidence-based review: Report of the quality standards subcommittee of the American Academy of Neurology. Neurology. 2002; 58:11-7. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11781398?dopt=AbstractPlus
10. Marsden CD. Clinical experience with cabergoline in patients with advanced Parkinson’s disease treated with levodopa. Drugs. 1998; 55 (Suppl 1):17-22. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/9483166?dopt=AbstractPlus
11. Rinne UK, Bracco F, Chouza C et al. Early treatment of Parkinson’s disease with cabergoline delays the onset of motor complications: results of a double-blind levodopa controlled trial: The PKDS009 Study Group. Drugs. 1998; 55 (Suppl 1):23-30. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/9483167?dopt=AbstractPlus
12. Webster J, Piscitelli G, Polli A et al. A comparison of cabergoline and bromocriptine in the treatment of hyperprolactinemic amenorrhea: carbergoline comparative study group. N Engl J Med. 1994; 331:904-9. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/7915824?dopt=AbstractPlus
13. Webster J. Dopamine agonist therapy in hyperprolactinemia. J Reprod Med. 1999; 44:1105-10. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/10649819?dopt=AbstractPlus
14. Schlechte JA. Prolactinoma. N Engl J Med. 2003; 349:2035-41. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/14627789?dopt=AbstractPlus
15. Colao A, Di Sarno A, Cappabianca P et al. Withdrawl of long-term cabergoline therapy for tumoral and nontumoral hyperprolactinemia. N Engl J Med. 2003; 349:2023-33. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/14627787?dopt=AbstractPlus
16. Ling LH, Ahlskog JE, Munger TM et al. Constrictive pericarditis and pleuropulmonary disease linked to ergot dopamine agonist therapy (cabergoline) for Parkinson’s disease. Mayo Clin Proc. 1999; 74:371-5. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/10221467?dopt=AbstractPlus
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