skip to main content

What does it do?

Bromocriptine is used to treat Parkinson’s disease. It acts like a chemical in your brain called dopamine. Bromocriptine is also used to treat conditions caused by high amounts of a hormone called prolactin.

Before you start

  • Tell your doctor if you have fibrosis (scarring) of the heart, lungs or abdomen, or a mental health problem.
  • If you have recently given birth, you may have a higher chance of serious side effects, especially if you have heart problems or high blood pressure. Talk to your health professional.
  • Tell your doctor if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or breastfeeding.
  • Your doctor may do tests to check your heart and lungs before you start and while you are taking bromocriptine.

How should you take it?

Take bromocriptine regularly 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 bromocriptine 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. kava, 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)

Strange or uncontrolled movements

Falling asleep without warning

Changes in vision

Numb or cold hands or feet

Tell your doctor

Drowsiness, tiredness or weakness


Nasal stuffiness, dry mouth

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:

  • Bromocriptine can impair your ability to do tasks such as driving or using machines. Alcohol makes this worse. Discuss your risk with your health professional. (search NZTA - Are you safe to drive?)
  • Limit alcohol intake while taking bromocriptine because it may increase side effects (e.g. dizziness or stomach upset).
  • Do not stop taking bromocriptine without talking to your doctor first.

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

Prepared by the MyMedicines Committee at Christchurch Hospital, Te Whatu Ora - Waitaha, New Zealand. March 2023

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

Web links for this sheet in different formats

Click on buttons to copy web addresses for this leaflet:

If your browser does not automatically copy these links use its copy command instead.

About My Medicines

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

For more information about the sheets, see: What does a My Medicines sheet cover?

My Medicines is developed by a team at Te Whatu Ora – Waitaha. 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