Active ingredient -Cabergoline
Quantity -Box with 2×4 tablets per blister
Per dose -0.5mg
Brand name -Dostinex®
The main active ingredient Cabergoline is a dopamine receptor agonist. This medicine is used to treat hyperprolactinemia or high levels of prolactin hormone in your body. Prolactin hormone plays a very important role in female body, it is very necessary for the production of milk in the breast feeding mothers. High levels of prolactin in women can cause certain symptoms such as unnecessary breast milk and missed periods. It can also cause difficulty becoming pregnant, sexual problems, bone loss in women who are not breast feeding. It can be responsible for causing impotence in men and breast changes in both sexes.
The ailment it is used for:
The drug is used for reducing the levels of a hormone called prolactin.
Understanding the drug:
How it works?
Cabergoline is an ergot medication and it works by blocking the release of prolactin hormone from the lactotroph cells of the pituitary gland.
When should you avoid it?
You should not take Cabergoline if you:
Have any kind of allergy towards Cabergoline or any other ingredient present in the drug
Have any scarring or thickening of the lungs with shortness of breath
Have a heart valve disorder or any other heart problem
Have had any swelling or inflammation around the heart or lungs
Have any kind of abnormal formation of tissue outside the stomach wall
How much to take?
The recommended starting dosage is generally half a tablet taken twice a week. Take the drug exactly as prescribed by the doctor. Your doctor will generally start by giving you a low dose and then gradually increase your dose. The dose and frequency should be adjusted to suit an individual patient’s needs. The lowest effective dose should be sought and used in every patient.
What are the strengths available?
The drug is available in the following strength on our website:
Cabgolin 0.25 mg
Cabgolin 0.5 mg
Who is the manufacturer?
Cabgolin is manufactured by a well known pharmaceutical company, Sun Pharma. It is available on our websites in the packs of 12, 24 and 36 tablets.
How to take it?
Take this medication by mouth with or without food, usually twice a week or as directed by your doctor. Follow the doctor’s instructions carefully. Take this medication regularly to get the benefits from it.
When to take?
Cabergoline tablet is generally recommended to be taken with meals. Never skip the meals while taking this medicine. Do not increase your dose or take this drug more often than directed.
For how long should it be taken?
Continue to take the drug for as long as the doctor recommends. Do not stop the drug without doctor’s advice.
What if you take too much (overdose)?
If overdose is taken in such a case contact a poison control room or visit nearest healthcare center or call the doctor immediately. Symptoms of overdose may include: Stuffy nose, fainting, hallucinations, severe stomach pain, nausea, vomiting, extreme drowsiness, and seizures. Do not share this medicine with anyone.
What if you miss the dose?
Take the missed dose as soon as you remember. However if it is too late then leave the dose and take the next scheduled dose on the correct time. But never double up the dose catch up the missed one.
What are the side effects?
Tell your doctor as soon as possible if you notice any of the following:
Pain full menstrual period
Burning or tingling sensation in hands, legs or feet
Pain in backside or groin
Rashes, sores, redness or itching on the skin etc.
In such cases you must go for immediate medical help.Do not get alarmed by the list. You may /may not experience all of them. Tell your doctor immediately in the above situations.
Are there any possible drug interactions?
Ask your doctor to get the full list of the drugs needed to be avoided while taking the drug as they may interfere it and may cause adverse effects. Various drug interactions may increase your risk for serious side effects. Many drugs that may interact with Cabergoline are:
Medicines used to treat high blood pressure
Nausea and vomiting medicines
Medicines called Macrolides
Certain azole antifungal medicines
HIV protease inhibitors
Inform your doctor about the non-prescription or over the counter drugs that may have pain killers like: aspirin, NSAIDs such as Celecoxib, Ibuprofen or Ketorolac. Ask the doctor about using the aspirin if taking it in very low dose for preventing heart attack. Never, stop, or change the dosage of any medicines without your doctor’s approval.
What are the things to be taken care of?
Keep Cabergoline readily available.
Do not drive, use machinery, or do any activity that requires alertness, while using this medicine.
Avoid alcohol consumption while taking this medicine.
Monitor serum prolactin level monthly until normalization.
Consult your doctor before breast-feeding.
Do not skip meals while taking Cabergoline.
Do not give this medicine to anyone else, even if they have the same condition as you.