Dostinex (Cabergoline) Dosage and Side Effects
DOSTINEX can help treat symptoms associated with irregular menstruation, unwanted breast milk production, infertility, bone loss, and sexual problems. People with pituitary gland tumors also produce too much prolactin. DOSTINEX is often used to help treat this condition. The drug is also occasionally used to help treat Parkinson’s disease.
Proper Use of this medication
DOSTINEX comes as a tablet to take by mouth. It’s typically taken with or without food twice a week.
Your doctor will most likely start you on a low dose of the drug and gradually increase it.
Follow the instructions on your prescription label carefully when taking this medicine.
Don’t take more or less DOSTINEX than is recommended.
Don’t stop taking this medicine without first talking to your doctor.
DOSTINEX is usually stopped when prolactin levels are normal for six months, but your doctor will probably take you off the drug gradually.
Symptoms of a DOSTINEX overdose may include:
- Nasal congestion
If you suspect an overdose, contact a poison control center or emergency room immediately.
Missed Dose of DOSTINEX
If you miss a dose of DOSTINEX, take it as soon as you remember.
But call your doctor for instructions if you’ve missed a dose and it’s almost time for the next one.
Don’t take an extra dose of DOSTINEX unless directed by your doctor to do so.
Common Side Effects of DOSTINEX
Tell your doctor if any of the following side effects become severe or don’t go away:
- Upset stomach
- Numbness, burning, or tingling in the hands, arms, legs, or feet
Serious Side Effects of DOSTINEX
Tell your doctor right away if you experience any of the symptoms listed in the DOSTINEX Warnings section above, or any of the following serious side effects:
- Shortness of breath
- Chest pain
- Persistent cough
- Difficulty breathing when lying down
- Painful menstruation
- Breast pain
- Decrease in urination
- Swelling of the hands, feet, ankles, or lower legs
- Sudden, unexplained weight gain
- Pain in the side, back, or groin
- Vision problems
- Pain or lumps in the stomach area
- Unusual or extreme tiredness
- Mood changes
- Signs of an allergic reaction (may include hives, rash, itching, chest tightness, or swelling of the face, lips, tongue, or throat)
Warnings and Precautions
Before taking DOSTINEX, tell your doctor if you have, or have ever had:
- High blood pressure
- Any condition that causes thickening or scarring of your heart, lungs, or abdomen
- Heart valve disease
- Liver disease
- Allergies to medications
DOSTINEX may cause dizziness or fainting if you get up too quickly from a lying position.
To avoid these issues, get out of bed slowly and rest your feet on the floor for a few minutes before standing up.
Some people who take DOSTINEX experience behavioral changes, such as compulsive gambling or feeling an increase in sexual urges.
These effects typically go away when treatment with the drug is stopped.
Call your doctor if you experience any unusual urges or behaviors.
Tell your healthcare provider that you’re taking DOSTINEX before having any surgery, including a dental procedure.
Your doctor will probably want to perform frequent tests to check your body’s response to DOSTINEX. Keep all appointments with your doctor and laboratory while taking this medicine.
Pregnancy and DOSTINEX
DOSTINEX isn’t likely to harm an unborn baby, but be sure to tell your doctor if you’re pregnant or might become pregnant while taking this medicine.
It’s not known whether DOSTINEX can pass into breast milk.
Tell your doctor if you’re breastfeeding or plan to breastfeed while taking this drug, as it may slow or stop the production of breast milk.
Interactions with this medication
Tell your doctor about all prescription, non-prescription, illegal, recreational, herbal, nutritional, or dietary drugs you’re taking, especially:
- Ergot medications such as Cafergot and Ergomar (ergotamine), D.H.E. 45 and Migranal (dihydroergotamine), or Methergine (methylergonovine)
- Haldol (haloperidol)
- Medications for high blood pressure, mental illness, or nausea
- Navane (thiothixene)
- Parcopa, Sinemet, and Stalevo (levodopa)
- Reglan (metoclopramide)
DOSTINEX and Other Interactions
DOSTINEX may cause dizziness or drowsiness.
Don’t drive or perform activities that require alertness until you know how this medicine affects you.
DOSTINEX and Alcohol
Alcohol may worsen certain side effects of DOSTINEX.
Talk to your doctor before drinking alcohol while taking this drug.