Molecule Description

Bromocriptine is an Ergoline derivative. It activates a chemical called Dopamine...
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Uses of Bromocriptine

  • Parkinson’s disease
  • High levels of certain hormones made by the body (such as prolactin and growth hormone)
  • Infertility treatment
  • Non-cancerous brain tumours

Contraindications of Bromocriptine

When should one not use Bromocriptine

  • High blood pressure
  • Abnormally low blood pressure
  • Disease of the arteries of the heart
  • Stroke
  • Liver problems
  • Mental disturbance
  • Known hypersensitivity to Bromocriptine or any of its components
  • Breast cancer

Side effects of Bromocriptine

Common side effects of this drug are:

  • Dizziness
  • Hypotension
  • Nausea
  • Confusion
  • Hallucinations
  • Uncontrolled movement of the body
  • Stomach pain
  • Increased frequency of urination
  • Loss of appetite
  • Low back pain
  • Weakness

Precautions and Warnings of Bromocriptine



Can I take Bromocriptine during pregnancy?
It is probably not safe during pregnancy. Consult with your doctor if you are pregnant or are planning to be pregnant.

Breast Feeding

Can I take Bromocriptine while breastfeeding?
You must not breast-feed. This medicine stops or slows down the process of producing milk in your breasts.


Can I drive if I have consumed Bromocriptine?
You should avoid driving because this medicine may cause dizziness and drowsiness.


Can I consume alcohol with Bromocriptine?
Avoid the intake of alcohol as it may worsen the side effects of this medicine.

Other General Warnings

Talk to your doctor if
You have an intolerance to some sugars, contact your doctor before taking this medicine because it contains lactose which is a type of sugar.

Mode of Action of Bromocriptine

How Does It Work?

It works by decreasing the release of prolactin hormone and growth hormone in the body, which treats diseases where you need less of these substances.

Interactions of Bromocriptine

Interactions with other medicines

  • Drugs for treating blood pressure such as diuretics (water tablets), beta-blockers, calcium channel blockers or ACE inhibitors
  • Ergot alkaloids like Ergometrine (used to prevent blood loss after giving birth) and Ergotamine Tartrate (used to treat migraines)
  • Erythromycin or any other macrolide antibiotics (used to treat infections)
  • This medicine has interactions with alcohol and Nicotine. Do not smoke or consume alcohol while on treatment with Bromocriptinergometrine (used to stop blood loss after giving birth)

Interactions with food items

This medicine should be taken with a meal.

Dosage of Bromocriptine


The symptoms include nausea, vomiting, constipation, sweating, pale skin, dizziness, drowsiness, yawning, hallucinations and fainting. Seek medical attention as soon as possible.

Missed a Dose

Take the missed dose with food as early as you remember. If the time for next dose is close, skip the missed dose and follow the regular dosing schedule.

Content Details


Dr. Rukman Mecca

MBBS, MD (Community Medicine)


Dr. Ritu Budania

MBBS, MD (Pharmacology)

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)


Q: What should I discuss with my health care provider before taking Bromocriptine?

A: To make sure you can safely take this medicine, tell your doctor if you have any medicine allergies. Give a detailed account of your medical and surgical history. Also, mention to your doctor all the prescription and non-prescription medicines, herbal preparations and nutritional supplements that you may be taking before starting this medication.

Q: When and how to consume this medicine?

A: Take this medicine specifically as prescribed by your doctor. Follow the directions on the prescription label. It is ordinarily taken twice a day with meals. While using this medicine, you may need blood tests and have to visit the doctor regularly.
Last Updated on: 05 Oct 2020 | 10:47 PM (IST)
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