Parlodel is prescribed to treat:
- Menstrual irregularities;
- Parkinson's Disease;
Parlodel is prescribed to reduce or prevent breast milk production, except after childbirth (postpartum).
Parlodel inhibits the secretion of the hormone prolactin from the pituitary gland. It also mimics the action of dopamine, a chemical lacking in the brain of someone with Parkinson's disease. It is prescribed to treat a variety of medical conditions, including:
- Pituitary Gland Tumors;
- Parkinson'S Disease;
- Menstrual Problems Such As The Abnormal Stoppage Or Absence Of Flow With Or Without Excessive Production Of Milk;
- Infertility In Some Women;
- Growth Hormone Overproduction Leading To Acromegaly A Condition Characterized By An Abnormally Large Skull Jaw Hands And Feet;
Some doctors also prescribe Parlodel to treat cocaine addiction, the eye condition known as glaucoma, erection problems in certain men, restless leg syndrome, and a dangerous reaction to major tranquilizers called neuroleptic malignant syndrome.
May cause drowsiness. Avoid tasks requiring alertness.
Other side effects may include:
- Nasal congestion;
- Stomach cramps;
These should subside as your body adjusts to the medication. If any of these
effects persist or worsen, notify your doctor promptly.
Notify your doctor if you develop:
- Bloody vomit;
- Involuntary movements;
- Irregular pulse;
- Shortness of breath;
- Tingling of hands or feet;
- Vision changes;
Parlodel side effects that you should report to your health care professional or doctor as soon as possible:
- Visual Disturbance;
- Uncontrolled Body Movement;
- Shortness Of Breath;
- Nasal Congestion;
- Loss Of Coordination;
- Loss Of Appetite;
- Inability To Sleep;
- Hallucinations (Particularly In Parkinson'S Patients);
- Dry Mouth;
- Drop In Blood Pressure;
- Abdominal Cramps Or Discomfort;
Parlodel is available as 2.5-mg tablets and 5-mg capsules. Dosage information given is for 2.5-mg tablets.
Excess Prolactin Hormone
If you are being treated for conditions associated with excess prolactin, such as menstrual problems, with or without excessive milk production, infertility, or pituitary gland tumors, the usual starting dose is one-half to 1 tablet daily. Your doctor may add a tablet every 3 to 7 days, until the treatment works. The usual longer term dose is 5 to 7.5 mg per day and ranges from 2.5 to 15 mg per day.
Growth Hormone Overproduction
Treatment for the overproduction of growth hormones is usually one-half to 1 tablet with food at bedtime for 3 days. Your doctor may add one-half to 1 tablet every 3 to 7 days. The usual treatment dose varies from 20 to 30 mg per day. The dose should not exceed 100 mg per day. Your doctor will do a monthly re-evaluation.
Parlodel taken in combination with levodopa may provide additional treatment benefits if you are currently taking high doses of levodopa, are beginning to develop a tolerance to levodopa, or are experiencing "end of dose failure" on levodopa therapy.
The usual starting dose of Parlodel is one-half tablet twice a day with meals. Your dose will be monitored by your doctor at 2-week intervals. If necessary, your doctor may increase the dose every 14 to 28 days by 1 tablet per day.
The safety and effectiveness of Parlodel have not been established in children.