Cabergoline: Uses, Side Effects and More

This medicine is used to treat high levels of prolactin hormone in your body. High levels of prolactin in women can cause symptoms such as unwanted breast milk and missed periods and can lead to difficulty getting pregnant. High levels of prolactin in men can cause symptoms such as breast enlargement and decreased sexual desire/ability. Cabergoline is an ergotamine drug that works by blocking the release of prolactin from the pituitary gland.

How to Use Cabergoline

Take this medication by mouth with or without food, usually twice a week or as directed by your doctor.

The dose depends on your medical condition and your response to treatment (prolactin levels). Your doctor will prescribe a low dose and slowly increase the dose over several months to reduce side effects. Follow your doctor’s instructions carefully.

Take this medication regularly to get the most benefit from it. To remember, write down the days in your calendar when you need to take the medicine cabergoline weight loss.

Tell your doctor if your condition persists or worsens.

Side effects

You may experience nausea, vomiting, stomach pain, constipation, lightheadedness, lightheadedness, or fatigue. If any of these effects persist or worsen, tell your doctor or pharmacist immediately.

Remember, this medicine has been prescribed for you because your doctor has decided that the benefits to you outweigh the risk of side effects. Many people who take this medication do not have serious side effects.

Tell your doctor right away if you have any of the following rare but serious side effects: persistent cough, mood/mental swings (such as nervousness), abnormally strong cravings (such as increased gambling, increased libido), changes in vision, painful periods, pain, symptoms of heart failure (such as shortness of breath, swelling of the ankles/legs, unusual tiredness, unusual/sudden weight gain).

Get medical help right away if you have any serious side effects, including: chest pain, signs of kidney problems (such as change in the amount of urine, lower back/hip pain).

A very serious allergic reaction to this drug is rare. However, if you notice symptoms of a severe allergic reaction, including: rash, itching/swelling (especially of the face/tongue/throat), severe dizziness, difficulty breathing, get medical help right away.

This is not a complete list of possible side effects. If you notice any side effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.


Tell your doctor or pharmacist before taking cabergoline if you are allergic to it; or to other ergotamine medicines (such as ergotamine); or if you have any other allergies. This product may contain inactive ingredients which may cause allergic reactions or other problems. Contact your pharmacist for more information.

Tell your doctor or pharmacist before taking this medicine, especially if you have: liver disease, high blood pressure (hypertension), heart valve disease, abnormal scarring/thickening of the lining/heart/behind the abdomen (pulmonary fibrosis /pericardial/retroperitoneal).

This medication may cause dizziness. Alcohol or marijuana (cannabis) can cause dizziness. Do not drive, use machinery or do anything that requires mental alertness until you can do it safely. Limit alcoholic beverages. Tell your doctor if you use marijuana (cannabis).

To reduce the risk of dizziness and vertigo, get up slowly from a sitting or lying position.

Before surgery, tell your doctor or dentist about all the products you use (including prescription drugs, over-the-counter drugs, and herbal products).

This medication should only be used during pregnancy if absolutely necessary. Discuss the risks and benefits with your doctor.

It is not known if this medication passes into breast milk. However, this drug may affect the production of breast milk. Breast-feeding is not recommended while taking this medication. Talk to your doctor before breastfeeding.


Drug interactions can change how your medications work or increase the risk of serious side effects. This document does not cover all possible drug interactions. Keep a list of all the products you use (including prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal products) and share them with your doctor and pharmacist. Start, stop or change the dose of any medicine without your doctor’s consent.

Some products that may interact with this drug include: antipsychotic drugs (such as chlorpromazine, haloperidol, thiotixene), lorcaserin, metoclopramide, prolorperazine.

Other medicines can affect the removal of cabergoline from your body, which can affect the effect of cabergoline. Examples include certain azole antifungals (such as itraconazole, ketoconazole, posaconazole), cobicistat, HIV protease inhibitors (such as ritonavir, saquinavir), among others.