This medication guide provides information about the Parlodel brand of bromocriptine. Cycloset is another brand of bromocriptine that is not covered in this medication guide. The Parlodel brand of bromocriptine is used to treat certain conditions caused by a hormone imbalance in which there is too much prolactin in the blood (hyperprolactinemia). Symptoms include lack of sexual development in adolescents. Women may have missed menstrual periods, loss of interest in sex, hot flashes, infertility, or unexpected breast milk production and leakage from the nipples. Men may have enlarged breasts, decreased libido, decreased facial or body hair, and loss of muscle. Parlodel is also used to treat these disorders when they are caused by brain tumors that can produce prolactin. Parlodel is sometimes used together with surgery or radiation in treating acromegaly, a condition caused by a pituitary gland tumor that produces too much growth hormone. Parlodel is also used to treat symptoms of Parkinson's disease, such as stiffness, tremors, muscle spasms, and poor muscle control. Bromocriptine may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.
Parlodel is an ergot medication used in the treatment of a number of medical illnesses, including women infertility, growth hormone overproduction that results to acromegaly, and Parkinson's disease. Parlodel inhibits prolactin secretion from the pituitary gland and mimics dopamine action. Parlodel treats various conditions resulting from hormone imbalance where there is excess prolactin in the blood (hyperprolactinemia).