Cabergoline 0.5 mg Tablets
This medication is used to treat high prolactin levels in the body. Women with high prolactin levels may experience symptoms such as unwanted breast milk and missed periods, as well as difficulty becoming pregnant. Prolactin levels in men that are too high can cause symptoms such as enlarged breasts and decreased sexual ability/desire. Cabergoline 0.5 mg Tablets is an ergot medication that works by preventing prolactin release from the pituitary gland.
How to Apply
Take this medication by mouth, with or without food, twice a week, as directed by your doctor.
The dosage is determined by your medical condition and treatment response (prolactin levels). To help reduce side effects, your doctor will start you on a low dose and gradually increase it over several months. Follow your doctor’s advice exactly.
To get the most out of this medication, take it on a regular basis. Mark the days on the calendar when you need to take the medication to help you remember.
Inform your doctor if your condition persists or worsens.
Nausea, vomiting, stomach upset, constipation, dizziness, lightheadedness, or tiredness are all possible side effects. Inform your doctor or pharmacist right away if any of these effects persist or worsen.
Get up slowly when rising from a sitting or lying position to reduce the risk of dizziness and lightheadedness.
Remember that your doctor has prescribed this medication because the benefit to you outweighs the risk of side effects. Many people who take this medication have no serious side effects.
Inform your doctor right away if you experience any serious side effects, such as:
- Cough that will not go away
- mental/emotional shifts (such as nervousness)
- unusually strong desires (such as increased gambling, increased sexual urges)
- Vision shifts
- menstrual cramps
- breast discomfort
- symptoms of heart failure (such as shortness of breath, swelling ankles/feet, unusual tiredness, unusual/sudden weight gain)
If you experience any of the following extremely serious side effects, seek medical attention immediately:
Chest pain symptoms of kidney disease (such as changes in urine volume, lower back/flank pain)
It is uncommon for this drug to cause a severe allergic reaction. However, seek medical attention immediately if you notice any of the following symptoms of a severe allergic reaction:
- Rashes, itching, and swelling (especially of the face, tongue, and throat)
- severe vertigo
- difficulty breathing
This is not an exhaustive list of potential side effects. Contact your doctor or pharmacist if you notice any other side effects not listed above.
In the United States –
For medical advice on side effects, contact your doctor. You can report side effects to the FDA by calling 1-800-FDA-1088 or visiting www.fda.gov/medwatch.
In Canada, contact your doctor if you are experiencing side effects. You can contact Health Canada at 1-866-234-2345 to report side effects.
Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to cabergoline or any other ergot medications (such as ergotamine), or if you have any other allergies. Inactive ingredients in this product may cause allergic reactions or other problems. For more information, consult your pharmacist.
Tell your doctor or pharmacist about your medical history, especially if you have:
- disease of the liver
- blood pressure that is too high (hypertension)
- disease of the heart valves
- Scarring or thickening of the lining of the lungs, heart, or abdomen (pulmonary/pericardial/retroperitoneal fibrosis)
This medication may cause dizziness. You may become dizzy if you consume alcohol or marijuana (cannabis). Do not drive, operate machinery, or do anything else that requires alertness until you are sure you can do it safely. Limit your intake of alcoholic beverages. If you use marijuana, talk to your doctor (cannabis).
Inform your doctor or dentist about all of the products you use before having surgery (including prescription drugs, nonprescription drugs, and herbal products).
This medication should be used only when clearly necessary during pregnancy. Consult your doctor about the risks and benefits.
It is unknown whether this medication is excreted in breast milk. This medication, however, may have an effect on breast milk production. It is not advised to breast-feed while taking this medication. Before you start breast-feeding, talk to your doctor.
Interactions between medications
Drug interactions can alter the way your medications work or put you at risk for serious side effects. This document does not include every possible drug interaction. Maintain a list of all the products you use (including prescription and nonprescription drugs, as well as herbal supplements) and share it with your doctor and pharmacist. Do not start, stop, or change the dosage of any medications without first consulting your doctor.
The following products may interact with this medication:
- atypical antipsychotic medications (such as chlorpromazine, haloperidol, thiothixene)
Other medications may interfere with the removal of cabergoline from your body, affecting how cabergoline works. Certain azole antifungals (such as itraconazole, ketoconazole, and posaconazole), cobicistat, HIV protease inhibitors (such as saquinavir), and ritonavir are examples.
Call 911 if someone has overdosed and is experiencing serious symptoms such as passing out or difficulty breathing. Otherwise, contact a poison control centre immediately. Residents in the United States can contact their local poison control centre at 1-800-222-1222. Residents of Canada can contact a provincial poison control centre. Overdoes can cause severe dizziness, fainting, and mental/emotional changes (such as hallucinations).
Do not give this medication to anyone else.
Before and while taking this medication, lab and/or medical tests (such as prolactin levels and EKG) should be performed. Maintain all medical and laboratory appointments. For more information, speak with your doctor.
If you forget to take a dose, take it as soon as you remember. If the next dose is approaching, skip the missed dose. Take your next dose at your usual time. To catch up, do not double the dose.
Store away from light and moisture at room temperature. Keep out of the bathroom. Keep all medications out of the reach of children and pets.
Unless otherwise directed, do not flush medications or pour them down the drain. When this product has expired or is no longer needed, properly dispose of it. Consult your pharmacist or a waste disposal company in your area.
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This is only a summary and does not contain all of the available information about this product. This information does not guarantee that the product is safe, effective, or suitable for you. This information is not individual medical advice and should not be used in place of professional medical advice. Always seek complete information about this product and your specific health needs from your health care professional.