The starting bromocriptine dosage for treating acromegaly is 1.25 to 2.5 mg once daily at bedtime (with food). Your healthcare provider may increase your dose by 1.25 to 2.5 mg every three to seven days until results are seen.
Almost all people who respond to bromocriptine for acromegaly treatment experience a decrease in growth hormone levels after starting bromocriptine. Therefore, your healthcare provider should monitor your growth hormone levels to make sure that bromocriptine is working.
Most people will end up taking 20 to 30 mg of bromocriptine per day, although the maximum bromocriptine dose for this use is much higher (100 mg per day).
The usual starting bromocriptine dosage for treating Parkinson's disease is 1.25 mg twice daily with meals. If necessary, your healthcare provider may increase the dose by 2.5 mg every two to four weeks.
Bromocriptine is usually started with a low dosage, and the dosage is gradually increased. The recommended starting dosage is bromocriptine 0.8 mg (one tablet) once daily in the morning, within two hours of waking.
Once a week, your healthcare provider may increase your dosage by one tablet until your reach the maximum number of tablets you can tolerate (up to a maximum of six tablets per day). All the tablets for the day should be taken all at once at the same time, within two hours of waking.
Considerations for people taking bromocriptine include the following:
- The medication comes in tablet and capsule form. It is taken by mouth, usually one to three times daily. When used for diabetes, it is taken in the morning within two hours after waking.
- Bromocriptine should be taken with food.
- Make sure to take bromocriptine at the same time(s) each day to maintain an even level of medicine in your blood.
- For the medication to work properly, it must be taken as prescribed. Bromocriptine will not work if you stop taking it.
- If you are unsure about anything related to bromocriptine or your bromocriptine dosage, please talk with your doctor, nurse, or pharmacist.