DRUGS AND SUPPLEMENTS

Bromocriptine oral tablets (diabetes)

July 10, 2017

Bromocriptine oral tablets (diabetes)

What is this medicine?

BROMOCRIPTINE (broe moe KRIP teen) is used to treat type 2 diabetes. It helps to control blood sugar. Treatment is combined with diet and exercise.

How should I use this medicine?

Take this medicine by mouth with a glass of water. Follow the directions on the prescription label. Take with food within 2 hours of waking in the morning. Do not take it more often than directed. Do not stop taking except on your doctor's advice.

Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. Special care may be needed.

What side effects may I notice from receiving this medicine?

Side effects that you should report to your doctor or health care professional as soon as possible:

  • allergic reactions like skin rash, itching or hives, swelling of the face, lips, or tongue

  • breathing problems

  • changes in vision

  • confusion

  • dizziness

  • falling asleep during normal activities like driving

  • fast, irregular heartbeat

  • feeling anxious

  • feeling faint or lightheaded, falls

  • fever

  • hallucination, loss of contact with reality

  • increased hunger

  • low blood pressure

  • severe headache

  • shakiness

  • sudden numbness or weakness of the face, arm or leg

  • sweating

  • trouble speaking or understanding

  • trouble walking

Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your doctor or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):

  • drowsiness

  • headache

  • nausea, vomiting

What may interact with this medicine?

Do not take this medicine with any of the following medications:

  • ergot alkaloids like dihydroergotamine, ergonovine, ergotamine, methylergonovine

This medicine may also interact with the following medications:

  • antiviral medicines for HIV or AIDS

  • aspirin and aspirin-like medicines

  • chloramphenicol

  • certain antipsychotics like clozapine, haloperidol, olanzapine, thiothixene, ziprasidone

  • certain medicines for fungal infections like ketoconazole and itraconazole

  • certain medicines for migraine headache like almotriptan, eletriptan, frovatriptan, naratriptan, rizatriptan, sumatriptan, zolmitriptan

  • certain medicines for Parkinson's disease and related conditions like cabergoline, pramipexole, ropinirole

  • isometheptene

  • metoclopramide

  • phenothiazines like chlorpromazine, mesoridazine, prochlorperazine, thioridazine

  • phenylpropanolamine

  • probenecid

  • sulfa medicines

What if I miss a dose?

If you miss your morning dose, wait until the next morning to take your medicine. Do not take double or extra doses.

Where should I keep my medicine?

Keep out of the reach of children.

Store at or below 25 degrees C (77 degrees F). Throw away any unused medicine after the expiration date.

What should I tell my health care provider before I take this medicine?

They need to know if you have any of these conditions:

  • diabetic ketoacidosis

  • drowsiness

  • low blood pressure

  • mental illness

  • migraines with fainting

  • type 1 diabetes

  • an unusual or allergic reaction to bromocriptine, ergot alkaloids, sulfites, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives

  • pregnant or trying to get pregnant

  • breast-feeding

What should I watch for while using this medicine?

Visit your doctor or health care professional for regular checks on your progress. Contact your doctor or health care professional promptly if you develop an unusual or severe headache or have changes in your vision.

You may get drowsy or dizzy. Do not drive, use machinery, or do anything that needs mental alertness until you know how this medicine affects you. Do not stand or sit up quickly, especially if you are an older patient. This reduces the risk of dizzy or fainting spells. Alcohol may interfere with the effect of this medicine. Avoid alcoholic drinks.

If you find that you have sudden feelings of wanting to sleep during normal activities, like cooking, watching television, or while driving or riding in a car, you should contact your health care professional.

You may get a false-positive result for sugar in your urine. Check with your doctor or health care professional.

Learn how to check your blood sugar. Learn the symptoms of low and high blood sugar and how to manage them.

If you have low blood sugar, eat or drink something that has sugar. Make sure others know to get medical help quickly if you have serious symptoms of low blood sugar, like if you become unconscious or have a seizure.

Wear a medical identification bracelet or chain to say you have diabetes, and carry a card that lists all your medications.

Updated:  

July 10, 2017