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What does it do?

Cabergoline is used to stop breast milk production, and treat conditions caused by high amounts of a hormone called prolactin. It is also sometimes used for other conditions.

How should you take it?

Take cabergoline as directed with food and a glass of water.

What if you forget a dose?

If it is nearly time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and take your next dose at the usual time. Otherwise, take the missed dose as soon as you remember. Do not take two doses at the same time.

Can you take other medicines?

Some medicines available without a prescription may react with cabergoline including:

  • fluconazole (e.g. Diflucan®) or miconazole (e.g. Daktarin Oral Gel®)
  • prochlorperazine

Tell your pharmacist or doctor about all medicines or treatments that you may be taking, including vitamins, herbal products (e.g. St John's wort) or recreational drugs.

What side effects might you notice?

Side EffectsRecommended action

Persistent dry cough, short of breath, swollen feet or legs

Fast or irregular heartbeat, chest pain

Tell your doctor immediately

Unusual behaviour or thinking, hallucinations, confusion

Unusual urges (e.g. gambling, eating, spending, sex)

Falling asleep without warning

Numb or cold hands or feet

Tell your doctor

Drowsiness, tiredness or weakness

Headache

Stomach upset, constipation

Tell your doctor if troublesome

Lightheaded or dizzy after standing up

Stand up slowly. If it continues, or is severe, tell your doctor

If you notice any other effects, discuss them with your doctor or pharmacist.

Other information:

  • Tell your doctor if you have fibrosis (scarring) of the heart, lungs or abdomen, or a mental health problem.
  • Tell your doctor if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or breastfeeding.
  • Cabergoline may make you dizzy or sleepy and make it dangerous to drive, operate machinery or do other activities that require you to be alert. Limit alcohol intake because it can increase these effects.
  • Your doctor may do tests to check your heart and lungs before you start and while you are taking cabergoline.

This leaflet contains important, but not all, information about this medicine.

Prepared by the PILs Committee at Christchurch Hospital, Canterbury District Health Board, New Zealand. March 2019

For more general information about this sheet and its contents, see: What does a My Medicines sheet cover?

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My Medicines Patient Information Leaflets (PILs) contain important, but not all, information about the medicines they describe.

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My Medicines is developed by a team at the Canterbury District Health Board. Our team is made up of doctors, pharmacists, and a non-medical person to help us keep to plain language. We also discuss our information with specialist health professionals or groups when needed