This medicine is a dopamine agonist used to treat Parkinson disease. It is also used to treat certain conditions (eg, excessive or abnormal breast milk production, certain menstrual problems) caused by too much prolactin in the blood (hyperprolactinemia). It may also be used to treat certain tumors that make too much prolactin. It is also used to treat a condition where your body makes too much growth hormone (acromegaly). It may also be used to for other conditions as determined by your doctor.
Follow the directions for using this medicine provided by your doctor. TAKE THIS MEDICINE by mouth with food. STORE THIS MEDICINE at room temperature, between 68 and 77 degrees F (20 and 25 degrees C), away from heat, moisture, and light. KEEP THIS MEDICINE out of the reach of children and away from pets. IF YOU MISS A DOSE OF THIS MEDICINE, take it as soon as possible. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not take 2 doses at once.
Some medicines or medical conditions may interact with this medicine. INFORM YOUR DOCTOR OR PHARMACIST of all prescription and over-the-counter medicine that you are taking. DO NOT TAKE THIS MEDICINE if you are also taking an azole antifungal (eg, ketoconazole, miconazole), certain medicines used for migraines ("triptans," such as eletriptan or sumatriptan), efavirenz, an ergot alkaloid (eg, ergotamine), a macrolide antibiotic (eg, erythromycin), a protease inhibitor (eg, boceprevir, ritonavir), or telithromycin. ADDITIONAL MONITORING OF YOUR DOSE OR CONDITION may be needed if you are taking beta-blockers (eg, propranolol), haloperidol, methyldopa, metoclopramide, phenothiazines (eg, chlorpromazine), pimozide, sympathomimetics (eg, albuterol, amphetamine, pseudoephedrine), or medicine that lowers your blood pressure (eg, medicines used for high blood pressure). DO NOT START OR STOP any medicine without doctor or pharmacist approval. Inform your doctor of any other medical conditions, including a history of heart problems (eg, heart attack, irregular or slow heartbeat), blood vessel problems, high or low blood pressure, stroke, kidney or liver problems, lung or breathing problems (eg, asthma), stomach ulcers, stomach or bowel bleeding, mood or mental problems, dementia, neuroleptic malignant syndrome (NMS), seizures, skin cancer (melanoma), sleep problems (eg, falling asleep without warning, vision problems, addiction or compulsive behavior (eg, eating, gambling, shopping), allergies, pregnancy, or breast-feeding. Tell your doctor if you drink alcohol, or if you have or you are at risk for developing high blood pressure associated with pregnancy. Tell your doctor if you have recently given birth and you also have a history of blood vessel problems or other severe heart or blood vessel problems (eg, stroke). USE OF THIS MEDICINE IS NOT RECOMMENDED if you have uncontrolled high blood pressure, or a rare hereditary problems of galactose intolerance, severe lactase deficiency, or glucose-galactose malabsorption. USE OF THIS MEDICINE IS NOT RECOMMENDED if you are breast-feeding, or if you are taking this medicine only to treat hyperprolactinemia and you become pregnant. Contact your doctor or pharmacist if you have any questions or concerns about using this medicine.
SIDE EFFECTS that may occur while taking this medicine include cold sensitivity in fingers and toes, constipation, diarrhea, dizziness, drowsiness, dry mouth, fatigue, headache, indigestion, light-headedness, loss of appetite, nausea, stomach cramps, stuffy nose, or vomiting. SOME PEOPLE HAVE EXPERIENCED NEW, UNUSUAL, OR INCREASED URGES (eg, gambling, sexual urges) while taking this medicine. Tell your doctor right away if you notice such effects. CONTACT YOUR DOCTOR IMMEDIATELY if you experience abnormal involuntary movements; back pain; bloody or black, tarry stools; changes in sexual ability or desire; chest pain; confusion; decreased urine; depression; fainting; hallucinations; one-sided weakness; persistent, watery nasal discharge; severe or persistent headache or dizziness; shortness of breath; ringing in the ears; seizures; slurred speech or trouble speaking; stomach pain; sudden daytime sleepiness; sudden loss of coordination; swelling of the legs, ankles, or feet; vision changes (eg, blurred vision, vision loss); unusual skin growths or changes in the appearance of a mole; or vomit that looks like coffee grounds. AN ALLERGIC REACTION to this medicine is unlikely, but seek immediate medical attention if it occurs. Symptoms of an allergic reaction include rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; or swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor, nurse, or pharmacist. This is not a complete list of all side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, contact your healthcare provider. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
IF OVERDOSE IS SUSPECTED, contact your local poison control center or emergency room immediately. Symptoms of overdose may include confusion, constipation, delusions, dizziness, drowsiness, fainting, hallucinations, increased sweating, nausea, pale skin, repetitive yawning, or vomiting.
DO NOT SHARE THIS MEDICINE with others for whom it was not prescribed. DO NOT USE THIS MEDICINE for other health conditions. IF YOU WILL BE USING THIS MEDICINE FOR AN EXTENDED PERIOD OF TIME, be sure to obtain necessary refills before your supply runs out. CHECK WITH YOUR PHARMACIST about how to dispose of unused medicine.